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Paradox and Platitude in Wittgenstein's Philosophy

David Pears

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199247707
eISBN:
9780191714481
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247707.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This book is a concise and readable study of five intertwined themes at the heart of Wittgenstein's thought, written by one of his most eminent interpreters. It offers penetrating investigations and ... More


Self-Transformations: Foucault, Ethics, and Normalized Bodies

Cressida J. Heyes

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195310535
eISBN:
9780199871445
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310535.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This book argues that we live in an age of somatic subjects, whose authentic identity must be represented through the body. When a perceived mismatch between inner self and outer form occurs, ... More


The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language

Charles Travis

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199245871
eISBN:
9780191598630
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199245878.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The Uses of Sense presents a reading of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, concentrating on themes concerning representation, truth, and objectivity. It offers a particular ... 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


The Problems With Private Semantics

Charles Travis

in The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199245871
eISBN:
9780191598630
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199245878.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Sketches two arguments against the possibility of private language, both of which might be detected in Wittgenstein. One argument is epistemic, the other not. It argues that private language does not ... More


Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

P. M. S Hacker

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199245697
eISBN:
9780191602245
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924569X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Consists of 13 thematically linked essays on different aspects of the philosophy of Wittgenstein, by one of the leading commentators on his work. After an opening overview of Wittgenstein’s ... More


Intentional States

Joseph Heath

in Following the Rules: Practical Reasoning and Deontic Constraint

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195370294
eISBN:
9780199871230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370294.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter attempts to provide further motivation for the model of deontic constraint proposed in the previous chapter, by filling in some of the background that informs the way that philosophers ... More


Pictures of the Self: Wittgenstein and Foucault on Thinking Ourselves Differently

Cressida J. Heyes

in Self-Transformations: Foucault, Ethics, and Normalized Bodies

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195310535
eISBN:
9780199871445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310535.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter argues that the contemporary Western understanding of the relationship between the body and self is subject to a number of “pictures” that mark significant constraints on our ability to ... More


The Private Language Argument of Philosophical Investigations

David Pears

in The False Prison Volume Two

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198244868
eISBN:
9780191598210
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019824486X.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

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 ... More


Private Languages

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/9780195395037.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter explores the fiction of W. G. Sebald in order to illustrate skepticism and the companionship Cavell and Sebald think should be a response to it. Many of Sebald's characters may be ... More


Private Language and Privileged Access

Joseph Mendola

in Anti-Externalism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199534999
eISBN:
9780191715969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534999.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter develops a symmetry between one simple form of Wittgenstein's private language argument against internalism and standard internalist complaints rooted in explanation and introspection, ... More


Meaning, Understanding, and Practice: Philosophical Essays

Barry Stroud

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199252145
eISBN:
9780191598487
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199252149.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Contains thirteen essays published by Barry Stroud between 1965 and 2000 on central topics in the philosophy of language and epistemology. In a volume that generally deals with the philosophical ... More


Language, Truth, and Inference

Joseph Mendola

in Anti-Externalism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199534999
eISBN:
9780191715969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534999.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines externalism rooted in theoretical claims about the content of language-mediated thought, especially by a focus on Davidson's truth-based theory and Brandom's use-based theory. ... More


On Misunderstanding Wittgenstein: Kripke's Private‐Language Argumen t

P. M. S Hacker

in Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199245697
eISBN:
9780191602245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924569X.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Professor Saul Kripke argued that the ‘real’ private language argument terminates with section 202 of the Investigations and is concerned with the logical and epistemological character of following a ... More


The Structure of the Private Language Argument

David Pears

in The False Prison Volume Two

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198244868
eISBN:
9780191598210
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019824486X.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

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 ... More


The Primacy of Mental Language

Gyula Klima

in John Buridan

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195176223
eISBN:
9780199871957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176223.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Church History

The third chapter discusses how Buridan’s conception of mental language provides the grounding for the objectivity and universality of logic despite the radical conventionality of written and spoken ... More


Essences and Signification: Response to Martin Lenz

Michael Ayers

in Continuity and Innovation in Medieval and Modern Philosophy: Knowledge, Mind and Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265499
eISBN:
9780191760310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265499.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter argues that contrary to the thesis of the previous chapter, Locke's theory of meaning, as of knowledge, is explicitly individualistic. He understands a natural language as a construction ... More


The Private Language Argument One More Time

Robert J. Fogelin

in Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199737666
eISBN:
9780199933372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737666.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

This chapter rejects its own prior interpretation Wittgenstein’s discussions of private language, according to which Wittgenstein’s goal is to provide an argument intended to establish the thesis ... More


Private Languages

Ross Harrison

in On What There Must Be

Published in print:
1974
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198245070
eISBN:
9780191680830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245070.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

A common conclusion in present philosophy is that private languages are impossible. This conclusion derives from Wittgenstein and is usually thought to imply that a language which it would be ... More


Reid on the Credit of Human Testimony

James Van Cleve

in The Epistemology of Testimony

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199276011
eISBN:
9780191706110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276011.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, General

This chapter explores the analogy proposed by Thomas Reid between testimony and sense perception. It begins by trying to arrive at a correct understanding of the two principles he identifies as ... More


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