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Joseph Mendola

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534999.001.0001

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Private Language and Privileged Access

Private Language and Privileged Access

(p.223) 8 Private Language and Privileged Access

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This chapter develops a symmetry between one simple form of Wittgenstein's private language argument against internalism and standard internalist complaints rooted in explanation and introspection, for instance arguments of McKinsey and Boghossian. It argues that all of these negative arguments should be answered by internalists and externalists through the same strategy. It also develops a positive account of our introspective access to our thoughts, partly by contrast with Wright's work.

Keywords:   private language argument, introspection, McKinsey, Boghossian, Wittgenstein, Wright

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