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19. Language / A. Language / 7. Private Language

[possibility of a solitary person having language]

18 ideas
Since words are just conventional, we can represent our own ideas with any words we please [Locke]
Every person has his own language [Novalis]
Dewey argued long before Wittgenstein that there could not seriously be a private language [Orenstein on Dewey]
The names in a logically perfect language would be private, and could not be shared [Russell]
Was Witggenstein's problem between individual and community, or between occasions for an individual? [Rowlands on Wittgenstein]
If a brilliant child invented a name for a private sensation, it couldn't communicate it [Wittgenstein]
We cannot doublecheck mental images for correctness (or confirm news with many copies of the paper) [Wittgenstein]
If we only named pain by our own case, it would be like naming beetles by looking in a private box [Wittgenstein]
If the reference is private, that is incompatible with the sense being public [Scruton on Wittgenstein]
Getting from perceptions to words cannot be a private matter; the rules need an institution of use [Wittgenstein]
A private language could work with reference and beliefs, and wouldn't need meaning [Putnam]
Thought is only fully developed if we communicate with others [Davidson]
Content of thought is established through communication, so knowledge needs other minds [Davidson]
The sceptical rule-following paradox is the basis of the private language argument [Hanna on Kripke]
Forming concepts by abstraction from the Given is private definition, which the Private Lang. Arg. attacks [McDowell]
The theory of the content of thought as 'Mentalese' explains why the Private Language Argument doesn't work [Fodor]
The Private Language argument only means people may misjudge their experiences [Papineau]
Wittgenstein makes it impossible to build foundations from something that is totally private [Scruton]