Meaning and Subjectivity

  • Gaetano Fiorin
  • Denis Delfitto
Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 25)


With this chapter, we introduce the discussion of subjectivity in language. Wittgenstein’s private language argument demonstrates the logical impossibility of a language that is about private objects. Yet, it an intuition shared by most natural language speakers that language can be used, in practice, also to refer to their inner psychological lives. We briefly illustrate Wittgenstein’s position on the matter and, in preparation to the upcoming chapters, establish a definition of the notion of subjectivity.


Private language argument Subjectivity in language Epistemic subjectivity Ontological subjectivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gaetano Fiorin
    • 1
  • Denis Delfitto
    • 2
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of VeronaVeronaItaly

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