We will continue our very slow, very cooperative stab at Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations - one of the densest, most idiosyncratic, and most rewarding philosophical texts ever composed. This time we will be starting at Remark 262. No prior reading or background is expected.
In this section of the book, Wittgenstein hammers out one of his most unique and influential contributions to philosophy: critiquing the possibility of assigning linguistic or semantic status to purely private acts. "The importance of drawing philosophers' attention to a largely unheard-of notion and then arguing that it is unrealizable lies in the fact that an unformulated reliance on the possibility of a private language is arguably essential to mainstream epistemology, philosophy of mind and metaphysics...."