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American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 85, Issue 4, Fall 2011

Wittgenstein

H.O. Mounce
Pages 577-587
DOI: 10.5840/acpq201185445

The Myth of Cartesian Privacy

Wittgenstein is often thought to have undermined the view, attributed to Descartes, that the mental is in a special sense private. In fact this idea of privacy is more plausibly attributed to the empiricists than to Descartes. Nor is Descartes’s own view one that can easily be dismissed. In particular, it can serve to correct a tendency, among Wittgenstein’s followers, to treat the mental in behavioristic terms. The point is illustrated by reference to an issue in Christian theology.

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