Public reasons and the 'private language' argument

Norman, Richard J. (2000) Public reasons and the 'private language' argument. Philosophical Investigations, 23 (4). pp. 292-314. ISSN 0190-0536. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

The full text of this publication is not available from this repository. (Contact us about this Publication)
Official URL


The author defends his version of the parallel which can be drawn between Wittgenstein's 'private language' argument and the argument that practical reasons must necessarily be public reasons. This position is compared and contrasted with recent attempts by Christine Korsgaard and Ken O'Day to formulate a 'public reasons' argument. The position is defended against the criticism that it cannt account for the practical force of reasons. Finally it is argued that, although the claim that the reasons must be 'public' is not to be confused with the claim that reasons must be 'other-regarding', the former claim does help to remove certain obstacles to the idea of other-regarding reasons.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: A. Xie
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2009 13:31
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 08:55
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
  • Depositors only (login required):