The “Old” Private Language Argument and Other Minds
A private language, in the context of other minds, is a language that is logically impossible for anyone other than its user to understand. It is claimed that such a “language” is impossible. What has this to do with the problem of other minds?
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Notes to Chapter Six
- 1.Robinson Krusoe is the supposed speaker of the logically private “language”.Google Scholar
- 2.See the comments on Malcolm in Chapter Five.Google Scholar
- 3.Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (Oxford, Blackwell, 1953) Paragraph 258.Google Scholar
- 4.Norman Malcolm, ‘Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations’ in V.C. Chappell (ed.), The Philosophy of Mind (Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1962) pp. 74–100. See p. 76.Google Scholar
- 5.Op. cit., Paragraph 293.Google Scholar
- 6.A.J. Ayer, ‘The concept of a person’ in The Concept of a Person (Macmillan, 1963). See pp. 106–8.Google Scholar