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Does Wittgenstein's Private Language Argument (PLA) commit the fallacy of question begging?

Firstly, the private language argument (PLA) isn't a single argument in the normal sense of a logical argument. There is disagreement among commentators on which sections of the Philosophical ...
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Why is private language an incoherent idea?

Let us try to understand how a private language could come into existence. Suppose that someone, while writing in his diary, for example, draws an S whenever he feels in a certain way (whenever he ...
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Wittgenstein maintains language is public, can this be correct?

Most of what Wittgenstein wrote in Philosophical Investigations can only be understood in the context of some specific argument or question he was writing about or talking through at the time. I do ...
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Wittgenstein maintains language is public, can this be correct?

What Wittgenstein means is that there is no language which is necessarily private. You could keep the language a secret but this is not the same as necessarily private. The secret language still has ...
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How does Wittgenstein think language is acquired?

But it would seem that the origin of our language is rooted in ostensive definition. It is after all how children with no prior knowledge of a public language begin to learn a language. Their ...
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Is all language meaningful?

I think we have to keep in mind that language (for Wittgenstein) is based in use-value. Go back to Language Game #2, where you have builders calling out for building materials like rocks, beams, slabs,...
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How serious are believers in the private language argument?

I’m afraid you won’t find this project very satisfying. The PLA is not a doctrine or a set of beliefs. Many people have tried to reformulate it in that way, with mixed success. But it is more than a ...
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Is there a difference between an I-private and a we-private language?

The words of this this language are to refer to what only the speaker can know - to his immediate private sensations. So another person cannot understand the language. - Section 243, Philosophical ...
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What exactly is a private language defined as?

A language, by definition and in practise, is used for communication, whether privately amongst a group, as in argot, or publicly, as in language. Thus Wittgensteins notion of a private language is ...
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Does the private language argument conflict with monotheism?

The 'Private Language' argument is meant to show that language is intrinsically bound to social use: i.e., we only have words n order to coordinate with others through sound. Private language are ...
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How serious are believers in the private language argument?

I read the PLA in three tiers, and the first two are articulated in the Stanford link in your question. Wittgenstein was inclined strongly toward both behaviorism and logical positivism, and the overt ...
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What is the crux of Wittgenstein’s PLA?

Private languages are completely possible. Appiah is wrong in everything he says. Using the word “twinge” to refer to a private state involves conforming to the rule that you should say to yourself “...
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The private language argument and Descartes's private thoughts

See this answer to a closely related question: How serious are believers in the private language argument? Your question is focused on what appear to be the flaws in W's "error correction" ...
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To say that something is a logical consequence is always a subjective statement?

Short answer: Your confusion stems from not understanding formal systems and their objectivity. Provability in a formal system is almost completely objective, more objective that anything else you can ...
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Arguments in defense of Private Language?

I think the obvious answer is no. But one could perhaps stretch the definition of language a bit and think of interesting workarounds. We know that writing is a system of conventions that makes ...
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Privacy in the modern context

Recently around the world, governments have been tightening down on individual privacy and have attempted to gather private information about their citizens with some particular agenda. Do you agree ...
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Privacy in the modern context

In "The Gulag Archipelago", Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn writes: Fear was not always the fear of arrest. There were intermediate threats: purges, inspections, the completion of security ...
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How does Wittgenstein think language is acquired?

We can understand one of the central theses of Investigations to be "Meaning is use." For Wittgenstein, coming to understand the meaning of a bit of language is not a matter of forming a mental state ...
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Wittgenstein's opinion that language must be public: How was this innovative and not already obvious?

Maybe you are missing that he is not only talking about "natural languages". If you are thinking of language in therms of etymology, grammar, pronunciations etc. then it is obvious that it is a ...
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Wittgenstein maintains language is public, can this be correct?

Wittgenstein was not arguing against the type of language you are talking about in his private language arguments. At length in various notebooks, Wittgenstein wrote about various possible people who ...
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