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The Evolution of the Private Language Argument

1st Edition

By Keld Stehr Nielsen


220 pages

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The Evolution of the Private Language Argument presents a continuous view of modern analytical philosophy by telling the history of one of its central strands. It is an in-depth history of this well known philosophical argument, the evolution of Wittgenstein's thoughts and its influence on analytical philosophy of mind and language. Nielsen looks at early discussions of the private language argument in the Vienna Circle and the influence of Wittgenstein's ideas and examines the relation between the early and later Wittgenstein on this subject. He discusses which influential versions of the private language argument have been presented in the fifty years since Philosophical Investigations was published and how they relate to Wittgenstein's thoughts, and considers how the role and the interpretation of the argument, and Wittgenstein's philosophy, changed along with changes in the conception of the nature of analytic philosophy.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I Between the Wars: The dispute between Carnap and Neurath; Wittgenstein's early concerns about privacy; Wittgenstein in transition - the later material. Part II Post-War Effects of Philosophical Investigations: Reviews and reactions;The availability of an argument; Ordinary sensation language. Part III Language within Philosophy: The problem with private ostentive definitions; The rule-following considerations; Revisiting Philosophical Investigations; Private language arguments, Wittgenstein and contemporary philosophy; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Keld Stehr Nielsen is from the Institute of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Ashgate Wittgensteinian Studies

Ashgate Wittgensteinian Studies
Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century, his work leading to a variety of differing readings which in turn have had a diverse influence on contemporary philosophy. As well as exploring the more familiar Wittgensteinian themes in the philosophy of language, this series will be a centre of excellence for Wittgensteinian studies in mathematics, aesthetics, religion and philosophy of the mind. Wittgenstein's philosophy has proved extremely fruitful in many contexts and this series will publish not only a variety of readings of Wittgenstein's work, but also work on philosophers and philosophical topics inspired by Wittgensteinian perspectives.

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