Private Sensation and Private Language

Qun Gong


The issue of private language raised by Wittgenstein in his late work
Philosophical Investigations 1953) is an important one open to long-term
debating. Wittgenstein’s private language argument which negatives it runs on
discussing inner sensations, especially the “pain” in the human body. Is
Wittgenstein argument successful or un¬successful? My short paper argues that
the Wittgenstein’s argument is not successful. In order to explore the cause we
need to begin from private sensation which is the starting point of the issue of
private language in Wittgenstein.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; private sensation; private language; pain; inner feeling; public language; reductio ad absurdum; memory

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