By Marie Mcginn
Marie McGinn presents a transparent, entire, 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 famed works of early analytic philosophy, the translation of which has continually been a question for controversy and is at the moment the point of interest for a huge philosophical debate.
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1919). Wittgenstein’s Critique of Frege and Russell 1 31 not, on the whole, explore the problems to which he believes the confusion gives rise. All of this becomes less puzzling, however, if we recall that Wittgenstein does not take himself to be solving genuine problems or to have replaced a false account of the nature of logic and the proposition with a true one. Rather, he believes that he is simply eliminating confusions by means of a process of clariﬁcation of the logical order that is manifest in language.
112). On their view, he is to be understood as describing how a post-Tractarian philosophy, which eschews metaphysical questions, might be pursued. g. ‘The world is the totality of facts not things’—to be nonsense. The Single Great Problem 17 This is to be achieved, as we saw earlier, not by reference to any theory of sense or nonsense, but by means of the reader’s gradual realization that he cannot give a sense to these words as they are combined in this sentence. 112 is invited. We might take it as referring, not only to the future analyses of particular propositions, but also to the (a priori) task of making clear how any proposition—or, indeed, any representation of the world—expresses its sense, which, on this view of Wittgenstein’s project, is the central task of the work itself.
Moreover, he rarely does more than simply state what he takes the confusion to be and does ⁶ Frege writes: ‘After one has read your preface, one does not really know what one is to do with your ﬁrst proposition. One expects to see a question posed, a problem, and then one reads assertions that are made without substantiations, yet where they are urgently needed. How do you arrive at these assertions? With what problems are they connected? At the beginning I would like to see a question posed, a riddle whose solution I could enjoy getting to know .
Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Language and Logic by Marie Mcginn