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Wittgenstein's Private Language

Grammar, Nonsense, and Imagination in Philosophical Investigations, §§ 243-315

Wittgenstein's Private Language by Stephen Mulhall
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Stephen Mulhall presents a detailed critical commentary on sections 243-315 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: the famous remarks on 'private language'. In so doing, he makes detailed use of Stanley Cavell's interpretations of these remarks; and relates disputes about how to interpret this aspect of Wittgenstein's later philosophy to a recent, highly influential controversy about how to interpret Wittgenstein's early text, the TractatusLogico-Philosophicus, by drawing and testing out a distinction between resolute and substantial understandings of the related notions of grammar, nonsense and the imagination. The book is concerned throughout to elucidate Wittgenstein's philosophical method, and to establish the importance of the form or style of hiswriting to the proper application of this method.
OUP Oxford; September 2008
157 pages; ISBN 9780191565212
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Title: Wittgenstein's Private Language
Author: Stephen Mulhall