Wittgensteins Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense, and Imagination in Philosophical Investigations…

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Stephen Mulhall presents a detailed critical commentary on sections 243-315 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: the famous remarks on 'private language'. In so doing, he makes detailed use of Stanley Cavell's interpretations of these remarks; and relates disputes about how tointerpret this aspect of Wittgenstein's later philosophy to a recent, highly influential controversy about how to interpret Wittgenstein's early text, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, by drawing and testing out a distinction between resolute and substantial understandings of the related notionsof grammar, nonsense and the imagination. The book is concerned throughout to elucidate Wittgenstein's philosophical method, and to establish the importance of the form or style of his writing to the proper application of this method.

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Stephen Mulhall presents a detailed critical commentary on sections 243-315 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: the famous remarks on 'private language'. In so doing, he makes detailed use of Stanley Cavell's interpretations of these remarks; and relates disputes about how tointerpret this aspect of Wittgenstein's later phi...

Stephen Mulhall is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at New College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.39 inPublished:April 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Wittgenstein's Aesthetics of Austerity1. Wittgenstein's Monologuists (section 243)2. A Child is Crying (sections 244-5)3. Wittgenstein's Cloud: Of Unknowing (section 246)4. Privacy, Patience and Pictures: First Methodological Interlude (sections 248, 251-2)5. Cavell's Corsican Brothers (section 253)6. Wittgenstein's Semi-Colon: Second Methodological Interlude (sect 255)7. Wittgenstein's Diarist: Three Readings (section 258)8. Excursus: Cavell's Mezuzah9. Wittgenstein's Gift (Of Grammatical Imagination): Pots and Dolls, Stones and Flies (sections 268-9)10. The Human Manometer (section 270)Coda: Wittgenstein's Beetle (section 293)

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`Review from previous edition Many-layered, stimulating, and often illuminating 'Charles Crittenden, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews