Marie Mcginn's Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy PDF

By Marie Mcginn

ISBN-10: 0199244448

ISBN-13: 9780199244447

Marie McGinn presents a transparent, accomplished, and unique interpretation of Wittgenstein's Tractatus and of its relation to Wittgenstein's later paintings. The Tractatus is without doubt one of the most renowned works of early analytic philosophy, the translation of which has regularly been an issue for controversy and is at present the focal point for a major philosophical debate.

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E. the only criticism that does not simply contradict the metaphysician’s claim and thereby fall into the same trap—is one that sets out to show that no clear thought has been expressed by the words he utters, that so far nothing has been said. This methodological principle might be seen as one important expression of the insights into the workings of language that Wittgenstein achieves. That Wittgenstein’s understanding of how the methodological principle is to be applied shares the dogmatism that governs his preconceived idea of the object of his logical investigation is, on this reading, exactly what we should expect.

The cement is the relation ‘believing’. When the belief is true, there is another complex unity, in which the relation that was one of the objects of belief relates the other objects. 74) By the time he writes ‘Theory of Knowledge’ (1913), a work which he did not complete, Russell has recognized that this view of judgement is unsatisfactory. He writes: I held formerly that the objects alone sufficed [for judgement] and that the ‘sense’ of the relation of [judging] would put them in the right order; this, however, no longer seems to be the case.

Wittgenstein’s Critique of Frege and Russell 1 29 what the problems are and his way of responding to them are highly distinctive. It might be argued that there is a danger of missing exactly what is most original in Wittgenstein’s early thought, if we approach the task of interpreting Wittgenstein’s ideas from a perspective in which the question of influence is central. The obscurity of Wittgenstein’s text makes the danger even greater than it might otherwise be, for there is a temptation to use what is familiar from the thought of his contemporaries as a guide to Wittgenstein’s views.

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