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Wittgenstein's Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense and Imagination in “Philosophical Investigations”, §§ 243–315

Stephen Mulhall

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199208548
eISBN:
9780191709067
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208548.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This book presents a detailed critical commentary on sections 243-315 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: the famous remarks on ‘private language’. It makes detailed use of Stanley ... More


The Single Great Problem

Marie McGinn

in Elucidating the ‘Tractatus’: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Logic and Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199244447
eISBN:
9780191714146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244447.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter begins with a discussion of the principal aims to the book. An interpretative anti-metaphysical approach to the Tractatus is developed and placed within the context of the current debate ... More


Introduction: Wittgenstein's Aesthetics of Austerity

Stephen Mulhall

in Wittgenstein's Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense and Imagination in “Philosophical Investigations”, §§ 243–315

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199208548
eISBN:
9780191709067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208548.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

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. ... More


The Private Language Argument

David Pears

in Paradox and Platitude in Wittgenstein's Philosophy

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199247707
eISBN:
9780191714481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247707.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

When Wittgenstein applied his account of linguistic regularity to the sensation-language, it generated the so-called ‘Private Language Argument’. He did not use this name for the argument but was ... More


Wittgenstein's Monologuists (§243)

Stephen Mulhall

in Wittgenstein's Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense and Imagination in “Philosophical Investigations”, §§ 243–315

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199208548
eISBN:
9780191709067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208548.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter presents two ways of reading the second paragraph of §243 in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. If we follow through with the first (substantial) reading of §243, then the most ... More


Introduction

David G. Stern

in Wittgenstein on Mind and Language

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195080001
eISBN:
9780199786145
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195080009.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Unlike most books on Wittgenstein, Wittgenstein on Mind and Language begins from the initial articulation of his thoughts in his first drafts, conversations, and lectures, and attends closely to the ... More


Introduction

Charles Travis

in Thought's Footing: Themes in Wittgenstein's “Philosophical Investigations”

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199291465
eISBN:
9780191710667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291465.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This introductory chapter begins with an explanation of the central methodological principle that to understand what Wittgenstein is up to at any given point in the Philosophical Investigations one ... More


Sextan Scepticism

Jonathan Barnes

in Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199289974
eISBN:
9780191711008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289974.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter explores the concept of ‘Sextan scepticism’. It addresses the question of whether Sextus was a radical and rustic sceptic or a moderate and urbane sceptic. It argues Sextan scepticism, ... More


The Flow of Life

David G. Stern

in Wittgenstein on Mind and Language

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195080001
eISBN:
9780199786145
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195080009.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

In 1929, Wittgenstein made use of river imagery to convey the supposedly inexpressible thesis that all is in flux (“Alles fliesst”). However, he rejects this extreme thesis in manuscripts from the ... More


Hardness

Charles Travis

in Thought's Footing: Themes in Wittgenstein's “Philosophical Investigations”

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199291465
eISBN:
9780191710667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291465.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter compares Wittgenstein's pre-Grammar view of logic with his view of it in the Investigations. Among other things, it paves the way for the discussion of bearing a truth-value which occurs ... More


Acquaintance

Charles Travis

in Thought's Footing: Themes in Wittgenstein's “Philosophical Investigations”

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199291465
eISBN:
9780191710667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291465.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter focuses on Investigations, §§36-64. It treats a problem raised by Russell in c. 1918: How can a human thinker ever think a singular thought? This discussion of naming individuals (of ... More


Wittgenstein's Metaphilosophy

Paul Horwich

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199588879
eISBN:
9780191744716
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588879.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, General

This book develops an interpretation of Ludwig Wittgenstein's later writings (in particular, his Philosophical Investigations) that differs in substantial respects from what can already be found in ... More


Mastery

Charles Travis

in Thought's Footing: Themes in Wittgenstein's “Philosophical Investigations”

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199291465
eISBN:
9780191710667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291465.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter focuses on the discussion of language games at the beginning of the Investigations (broadly, in the first twenty-five paragraphs). It shows how there can be room for the parochial in ... More


Determination

Charles Travis

in Thought's Footing: Themes in Wittgenstein's “Philosophical Investigations”

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199291465
eISBN:
9780191710667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291465.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter focuses on the two rule-following discussions in the Investigations, the first in §§84-7, the second beginning at §138 and continuing to §242. The avowed aim is to achieve greater ... More


Harmony

Charles Travis

in Thought's Footing: Themes in Wittgenstein's “Philosophical Investigations”

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199291465
eISBN:
9780191710667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291465.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter focuses on Investigations, §§429-64 — a discussion of what it is for thought to harmonize with reality. The topics here are a complementary pair of illusions: one about representation ... More


A Child is Crying (§§244–5)

Stephen Mulhall

in Wittgenstein's Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense and Imagination in “Philosophical Investigations”, §§ 243–315

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199208548
eISBN:
9780191709067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208548.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter analyzes how words refer to sensations through Wittgenstein's tale of the hurt child. The child, who hurts himself, cries; it is not he, but the adults around him, who make the ... More


Wittgenstein's Cloud: Of Unknowing (§246)

Stephen Mulhall

in Wittgenstein's Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense and Imagination in “Philosophical Investigations”, §§ 243–315

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199208548
eISBN:
9780191709067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208548.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter examines §246 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, which begins to question the conception of sensations as ‘private’. Wittgenstein seems essentially uninterested in the ... More


Evidence of Habitation

Peter Dula

in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195395037
eISBN:
9780199894451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395037.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Recent decades have seen a renewed interest in ecclesiology as postliberal theologians, such as Hauer was, have found it useful to ally with communitarian critics in order to promote the church as an ... More


Transcendence

Charles Travis

in Thought's Footing: Themes in Wittgenstein's “Philosophical Investigations”

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199291465
eISBN:
9780191710667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291465.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter elaborates an application of Wittgenstein's new (Investigations) view of nonsense. It raises the question: are there lessons to be learned from privacy, which bear on the worry broached ... More


The False Prison Volume Two

David Pears

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198244868
eISBN:
9780191598210
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019824486X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This is the second of David Pears's acclaimed two‐volume work on the development of Wittgenstein's philosophy, covering the Philosophical Investigations and other writings from 1929 onwards. Though ... More


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