Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Private language: L. Wittgenstein says it is impossible - you cannot give yourself instructions. You could not even understand the language. See also rule following, Kripke's Wittgenstein, priviledged access, Wittgensteins beetle.
 
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McDowell, John
 
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Private Language I 43
Private Language/Wittgenstein: Vs view that "there are simply objects that language cannot grasp at all" - "could language capture them, they were within the conceptual sphere and could thus not exercise any control".
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I 43/44
Wittgenstein: (according to McDowell): with such terms it would then be a private language. (Which is not possible according to Wittgenstein).
Wittgenstein's "private abstraction" of a manifold, which could then only be achieved by "private ostension", which is, according to Wittgenstein, impossible or meaningless.
McDowell: with "private terms", spontaneity does not reach as far as the term.

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J. McDowell
Geist und Welt Frankfurt 2001


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-29