Private languages and private theorists

Bain, D.T. (2004) Private languages and private theorists. Philosophical Quarterly, 54(216), pp. 427-434. (doi: 10.1111/j.0031-8094.2004.00362.x)



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Simon Blackburn objects that Wittgenstein's private language argument overlooks the possibility that a private linguist can equip himself with a criterion of correctness by confirming generalizations about the patterns in which his private sensations occur. Crispin Wright responds that appropriate generalizations would be too few to be interesting. But I show that Wright's calculations are upset by his failure to appreciate both the richness of the data and the range of theories that would be available to the private linguist.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bain, Dr David
Authors: Bain, D.T.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Philosophical Quarterly
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2004 Blackwell Publishing
First Published:First published in Philosophical Quarterly 54(216):427-434
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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