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The False Prison Volume Two$
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David Pears

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198244868

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019824486X.001.0001

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The Private Language Argument of Philosophical Investigations

The Private Language Argument of Philosophical Investigations

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(p.328) 13 The Private Language Argument of Philosophical Investigations
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The False Prison Volume Two
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David Pears

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019824486X.003.0005

Shifts the discussion from Wittgenstein's treatment of sensations to his views on the method of re‐identifying them by means of a private language. Pears outlines Wittgenstein's private language argument and argues that it is a reductio ad absurdum that applies to a language for sensations whose connections with the physical world have been severed.

Keywords:   language, private language argument, sensations, Wittgenstein, world

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