Remarks on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Behaviourism

Byrne, Susan (2009) Remarks on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Behaviourism. Maynooth Philosophical Papers, Issue 5 (2008). pp. 49-56.

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Ludwig Wittgenstein’s systematic rejection of cognitive analysis undoubtedly leads one to interpret his work as being fundamentally influenced by behaviourism. However, despite his private language argument, his views on ostensive definition, and his investigation into psychological concepts and psychology as an empirical science, this paper will show that Wittgenstein’s behaviourist influences were both relevant and limited and thus his tentative link to methodological behaviourism should not facilitate any distortion or misrepresentation of his philosophy or be confused with his own assertions as a logical behaviourist.

Item Type: Article
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Philosophy
Item ID: 1558
Depositing User: Dr. Cyril McDonnell
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2009 12:15
Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Philosophical Papers
Publisher: Department of Philosophy, NUI Maynooth
Refereed: Yes

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