Tracing the Development of Wittgenstein’s Writing on Private Language

Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)


The discussion of private language in the Philosophical Investigations is one of the last pieces of Part I of that book to have been drafted. Most of it was written between 1937 and 1945, after the first 190 remarks of Part I of the book had almost reached their final state. The post-1936 writing on private language that leads up to the final version of section 243 ff. represents a fresh start, both in wording and in conception, on the pre-1936 drafts. Almost none of the post-1936 writing is a direct reworking of the previous material, and while it discusses many of the same topics, it approaches them differently.


Ordinary Language Philosophical Investigation Fresh Start Private Language Outward Sign 
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© David G. Stern 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of IowaUSA

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