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The False Prison Volume Two$
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David Pears

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198244868

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019824486X.001.0001

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The Disabling Defect of a Private Language

The Disabling Defect of a Private Language

(p.361) 14 The Disabling Defect of a Private Language
The False Prison Volume Two

David Pears

Oxford University Press

Pears examines the question of what exactly the cause for the disabling effect, the consequence that we cannot distinguish between seeming right and being right, of a private language is. He introduces and evaluates two influential answers to this question and critically examines the importance of the possibility of a solitary language user to the notion of a logically private language.

Keywords:   being right, private language, seeming right, Wittgenstein

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