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Volume 48 • Number 2

April 2011



Phenomenal Concepts and the Private Language Argument

by David Papineau

In this essay I want to consider whether the “phenomenal concepts” posited by many recent philosophers of mind are consistent with Wittgenstein’s private language argument. The essay will have three sections. In the first, I shall explain the rationale for positing phenomenal concepts. In the second, I shall argue that phenomenal concepts are indeed inconsistent with the private language argument. In the last, I shall ask whether this is bad for phenomenal concepts or bad for Wittgenstein.

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