Wittgenstein's Private Language
Grammar, Nonsense and Imagination in Philosophical Investigations, 243-315
By (author) Professor Stephen Mulhall
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Wittgenstein's Private Language by Professor Stephen Mulhall
Book DescriptionStephen 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 Tractatus Logico-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 his writing to the proper application of this method.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199208548
(210mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Stephen Mulhall offers a new way of interpreting one of the most famous and contested texts in modern philosophy: remarks on 'private language' in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. He sheds new light on a central controversy concerning Wittgenstein's early work by showing its relevance to a proper understanding of the later work.
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