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‘Private Language’. Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. First published Fri Jul 26, 1996; substantive revision Tue Sep 2, 2014.

The idea of a private language was made famous in philosophy by Ludwig Wittgenstein, who in §243 of his book Philosophical Investigations explained it thus: “The words of this language are to refer to what can be known only to the speaker; to his immediate, private, sensations. 5,382 more words


The approximation of knowledge

Epistemology is the branch of philosophy which deals with questions of how we gain and retain knowledge.  A classic issue in epistemology is the question of color perception.  1,187 more words


It's All In The Game: Eco, Fascism & Wittgenstein

In Umberto Eco’s piece on fascism for the New York Review of Books, he uses Wittgenstein’s idea of family resemblance and example of games to understand the “structured confusion” of fascism: 238 more words

Once the ego is born into this world, it has to shoulder morality. – Wittgenstein


Emotional memories: Creating a new picture

A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably. 328 more words

What is Truth?

“What is truth?” – Pontius Pilot

It is unfashionable these days to speak of truth.  At the beginning of the twenty-first century, we are supposed to be…

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