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Marie McGinn - Wittgenstein and the Philosophical Investigations Chapter Five: The inner and the outer Introduction
* The Private Language argument shows that there can be no private analogue of ostensive definition, and that the distinction that private language was intended to explain is actually grounded in grammar
* i.e. in the different uses of the words 'pain' and 'crying' (pain and pain-behaviour)
* we don't understand these concepts through introspection, but through reflective awareness of the topography of language
# so we need a more complete account of the grammar of psychological concepts
* W sought to correct the notion that we describe our pains etc with the idea that we express them - in other words, language is an extension of other forms of expression e.g. crying
* The fact that it is possible to pretend to be in pain invites us to picture pain as something 'inside us'
* W accepts that this picture is useful in capturing the difference between sensation concepts and behavioural concepts, but it is not clear how it should be applied
* this picture has a tendency to mislead because it is so much less ambiguous than the grammar of the language it is meant to represent
# indeed, it comes to seem like the ambiguity of grammar is a defect, a complicated representation of something more straightforward
* but we need to move away from the picture of the inner as a quasi-spatial realm of states and processes
* we also need to see the picture as describing, rather than explaining, the difference between pain and pain-behaviour Pain and pain-behaviour
* Interlocutor: W suggests that there is no pain without pain-behaviour (PI 281)
* no - rather we can only ascribe sensations to human beings and what resembles them - in other words, we can only ascribe pain to a being that is capable of pain-behaviour
# this is a different claim - it is not claimed that pain doesn't exist except as behaviour, nor that pain cannot be ascribed without the simultaneous presence of pain-behaviour
# W is both refuting the behaviourist idea of a determinate outer realm of paincriteria and the inner/outer idea of a determinate inner realm of states and processes
* One application of the inner/outer picture sees pains and things we ascribe pain to as standing in a particular relation to one another
* pain is a private object that belongs in the psychological sphere, and exists within the body, which belongs to the physical sphere
# hence the two are related empirically, not conceptually
# but this disconnection of the pain realm from the body realm means that it is perfectly conceivable (conceptually) that a stone should have pain; that we should turn to stone whilst we are in pain
* in fact it is conceivable that the pain should have no bearer at all

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