Mind and Language- A Wittgensteinian View

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Dr. Nazneen Ahmed


The idea of mind or mind related concepts are thought to be something private or mysterious. Mind is often thought to be different from body. This sort of view leads us to the famous mind-body problem. Rene Descartes’ Dualism in the 17th century is one of the major schools of thought that tried to determine the mind-body problem. He regarded mind to be distinct from body and can exist apart from the body. However, in the philosophy of Wittgenstein, such an idea is rejected as grammatical mistake. Wittgenstein does not regard mind to be something mysterious and separate from the body. Mind only has its place in language. It is grammatical mistake to regard mind to be real. We need to see our grammar while using the word “mind” or mind related concepts.

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