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 243. No prior reading or background is expected.
In this part of the book, Wittgenstein begins his famous "private language argument" - a set of considerations against the possibility that someone might use language in a way only he understands. Using examples like the judgment that someone is in pain, Wittgenstein dismantles overly-quick subjectivistic assumptions towards which much of Western philosophy has been tempted.