Other Minds pp 93-103 | Cite as

The “Old” Private Language Argument and Other Minds

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 246)


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. 1.
    Robinson Krusoe is the supposed speaker of the logically private “language”.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    See the comments on Malcolm in Chapter Five.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (Oxford, Blackwell, 1953) Paragraph 258.Google Scholar
  4. 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. 5.
    Op. cit., Paragraph 293.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    A.J. Ayer, ‘The concept of a person’ in The Concept of a Person (Macmillan, 1963). See pp. 106–8.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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