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Wittgenstein's Private LanguageGrammar, Nonsense and Imagination in “Philosophical Investigations”, §§ 243–315$
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Stephen Mulhall

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208548.001.0001

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Introduction: Wittgenstein's Aesthetics of Austerity

Introduction: Wittgenstein's Aesthetics of Austerity

(p.1) Introduction: Wittgenstein's Aesthetics of Austerity
Wittgenstein's Private Language

Stephen Mulhall (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the basis of the author's approach to the sequence of remarks on the idea of a private language in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. It presents an alternative way of interpreting the Tractatus, which involves a so-called austere conception of nonsense. According to this ‘resolute’ reading, the author of the Tractatus recognized only one species of nonsense — mere gibberish; from the point of view of logic, mere nonsense is the only kind of nonsense there is. The objectives of the essay are then described.

Keywords:   resolute reading, Tractatus, Philosophical Investigations, nonsense

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