Private Languages and Private Theorists

Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216):427 - 434 (2004)
Abstract
Simon Blackburn objects that Wittgenstein's private language argument overlooks the possibility that a private linguist can equip himself with a criterion of correctness by confirming generalizations about the patterns in which his private sensations occur. Crispin Wright responds that appropriate generalizations would be too few to be interesting. But I show that Wright's calculations are upset by his failure to appreciate both the richness of the data and the range of theories that would be available to the private linguist
Keywords private language argument  ludwig wittgenstein  crispin wright  simon blackburn
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