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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 Structure of the Private Language Argument

The Structure of the Private Language Argument

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(p.389) 15 The Structure of the Private Language Argument
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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.003.0007

Having clarified the private language argument, Pears relates it to the earlier discussion of phenomenalism, which by itself constitutes a basis of objection against Wittgenstein's argument. Pears then works out the relation between the private language argument and the thesis that sensation language grafted on to a complex pre‐linguistic structure. These two discussions constitute the basis on which the deep structure of the private language argument is to be revealed.

Keywords:   phenomenalism, private language argument, sensation language, Wittgenstein

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