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Single Idea 8478

[catalogued under 19. Language / F. Communication / 4. Private Language]

Full Idea

Dewey argued in the twenties that there could not be, in any serious sense, a private language. Wittgenstein also, years later, came to appreciate this point.

Gist of Idea

Dewey argued long before Wittgenstein that there could not seriously be a private language


report of John Dewey (works [1926]) by Alex Orenstein - W.V. Quine Ch.6

Book Reference

Orenstein,Alex: 'W.V. Quine' [Princeton 2002], p.123

A Reaction

A nice historical footnote to perhaps the most famous argument in twentieth century philosophy. Can anyone send me the Dewey reference?