The Private Language Argument and Phenomenological Perspective

Yukiko Okamoto


Examining what the private language argument means, the questions of private
experience as well as the concept of meaning are discussed from a novel angle. In the
course of examination, a comparison between Wittgenstein’s thoughts and Husserl’s
phenomenological concepts is suggested. As a consequence, I would like to develop the
perspective from which we can grasp a common base shared by phenomenological
conceptions of time as flux and by Wittgenstein's view on proto-phenomena.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; ostensive definition; private sensation; ontological fallacy; pre-linguistic; language game; proto-phenomenon; form of life; lifeworld; basis; meaning

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