“It is not a something, but not a nothing either!”—McDowell on Wittgenstein

  title={“It is not a something, but not a nothing either!”—McDowell on Wittgenstein},
  author={Hao Tang},
  • Hao Tang
  • Published 1 February 2014
  • Psychology, Art, Philosophy
  • Synthese
This paper corrects a mistake in John McDowell’s influential reading of Wittgenstein’s attack on the idea of private sensations. McDowell rightly identifies a primary target of Wittgenstein’s attack to be the Myth of the Given. But he also suggests that Wittgenstein, in the ferocity of his battles with this myth, sometimes goes into overkill, which manifests itself in seemingly behavioristic denials about sensations. But this criticism of Wittgenstein is a mistake. The mistake is made over two… 
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