What does it take to communicate? Some remarks on publicity of linguistic meaning and understanding Contents Chapter 1. Introduction The problem of private language The central arguments (on language acquisition and communication) Chapter 2. A Brief History of the Problem and its Solutions Classical empiricism 2.1 The semiotic tradition (short) 2.2 Locke [2.3.Berkeley (very brief): idealism and anti skepticism, a use theory about meaning 2.4 Hume (even shorter): The elimination of the "I" and the anticipation of neutral monism.] Frege: 2.4 The argument on privately owned ideas, in The Thought. [The problem of grasping.] Verificationism, behaviorism and neutral monism Russell on private language The Vienna Circle: Carnap, Schlick and Neurath on private languages. Wittgenstein [Tractatus and private language (very short)] Wittgenstein's middle period: verificationism, behaviorism and neutral monism. Later Wittgenstein: what did later Wittgenstein add? Dummett: (Craig's interpretation of Dummett's arguments from communication and language acquisition) Quine: observations sentences and the indeterminacy thesis Davidson (very short) Meaning and understanding as mental representations Chomsky against Skinner The cognitive revolution, CTM. Fodor's LOTH Some recent mental representation accounts on understanding. Chapter 3: Knowing what other speakers mean Arguments against linguistic behaviorism Why understanding is not justified true beliefs: Pettit, Schiffer, Fricker Process reliabilism? The translation process: Fodor vis-à-vis Horwich Some implications on meaning Meaning similarity: Fodor's arguments and Pagin's response. Recanati... (Meaning transparency: some problems for the externalist view] Conclusions.... Chapter 4: Sensation words Description theories Reference to qulia. Conclusions... THE END!! Yeah.