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The language of the text remains enclosed within the solipsistic cocoon of logics. It seems as if the author of the Tractatus logico-philosophicus when using an intellectually designed therapy method Cahill, , 54 has fallen victim to his own verdict:. The ambition to establish the unity of theory and practise — life and language — expresses one aspect of the ethical dimension of his style of philosophizing. It appears that he felt that he had not definitely solved the problems.

The author of the Tractatus has enclosed the natural plurality of our linguistic phenomena of our In-der-Welt-sein into the solipsistic narrowness of the logical room and followed the logical form of a strictly linear and systematic therapy method. In the transition to the Philosophical Investigations, he opens windows to the linguistic polyphony of divergent forms of life. This opening of windows makes what can be thought visible, depending on the direction in language from which one is coming. It shows that there is no extraordinary grammatical position from whose archimedean point all doubts and contradictions dissolve.

The therapeutic method is now adjusted to the dialogical form of real life - to the condition of language usage of everyday life — and no longer follows the monological form of an abstract ideal of language. The logocentric form of the Tractarian therapy was abandoned in the grammatical purgatory of a gradual transition period Pichler, , et 3 in favour of a polyphonic treatment of the illnesses of thinking, that language contains for us; a treatment which is orientated by the real forms of speech.

In the Investigations we follow the course of a circum-flexive polylog, that is adjusted to empirical language usage instead of holding onto a theory of an essence of language in its aesthetical core. It is not one single fundamental tractatus, but a plurality of textual microentities that creates the missing consciousness of our being entangled in the grammar of language:.

The natural aesthetics of the Philosophical Investigations reveals the ethical sense where the indirect message of the Tractatus appears to have failed. The clearing of our individual, grammatical confusions requires of us that we confront the blind spots of our thinking and transcend our borders:. As pivotal points which remain out of sight, they reveal the unexpressed presuppositions which compose the background in front of which what we say, think or do becomes meaningful.

An der eigenen Auffassung. Daran, wie man die Dinge sieht. Und was man von ihnen verlangt. Depending on what direction in language one comes from, one will perceive the rabbit or the duck PU, p. Abstract My contribution attempts to elucidate the relevance of the question of the meaning of life for the development of Wittgenstein's philosophical style of thinking. The Vanishing of the Problem? Literature Augustinus, Aurelius Confessiones , ed. Martinus Skutella, Stuttgart: Teubner. Phillips, ed. Martins Press. Klagge, ed. Reck, ed. Monk, Ray Wittgenstein.

It is also influenced by the way in which the secret appears in our life and finds a place. Everything depends on how the intangible affects us, how we invite it into our doing, whether we try to give it dignity, or to refuse it to ourselves. In this sense, the modesty, reserve or unwillingness, which Wittgenstein prefers from the beginning, can also be viewed as a gesture of answering. That is the essential insight of his late philosophy: as we see the world, so too, we live, we view things and speak of them:.

But if one lives differently, one speaks differently. With a new life, one learns new language games. MT They carefully avoid every hint of preaching or pathos. It is notable that no general value judgment is made anywhere, no instruction emerges, not even any general recommendations are expressed.

At the most, subjective standpoints are defended, partly construed in secret code or supported by reprimands and the rigour of self-imposed accusations in the style of a confession. Wittgenstein possesses no ethics in an actual sense, no practical philosophy, no moral message. He neither formulates obligations nor does he assert duties, virtues or universal commands. Also, Wittgenstein does not demand anything of others, yet he demands all the more of himself.

In that respect, his rhapsodic reflections develop their relevance only in self-reference to his own life. With respect to his Lecture on Ethics held at the same time, he expressly notes in the Conversations with the Vienna Circle :. At the end of my lecture on ethics I spoke in the first person: I think that this is something very essential. Here there is nothing to be stated any more; all I can do is to step forth as an individual and speak in the first person. The restriction to the first person perspective therefore indicates that we are alone with our answer in the ethical sphere — and that this answer must always turn out to be different, unique.

If Wittgenstein occasionally allows himself an inspiration from Schopenhauer or Kierkegaard, it is neither a philosophy of life nor existentialism. Rather, the special tone of his writing is an indication of the concrete, historical crisis, the historical collapse and the dissolution of traditional ethics as well as traditional value systems in the inter-war period.

Neither Christian faith nor the rational ethics of responsibility from the Enlightenment hold true — Wittgenstein is also at point zero of the ethical. In the groundlessness of devalued time, he strives to win back a root, a new sense of stability. He does this with his own radical approach.

He suffers that process as an inner torment of the soul and a torturous feeling of guilt. In that case, Wittgenstein found solace during the — war years, above all, in works of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, but also in Augustine and mystics like Angelus Silesius and Ralph Waldo Emerson. In the diaries, however, this balance is described as an agreement with aspects that suggest a conception of the whole NB, 8.

The ethical position that Wittgenstein therefore achieved for himself then consisted of an attitude of balancing, of measure. However, just as there is lastly no criterion for the right balance, which is rather consistently under threat of falling to one side or the other, there is also no measure for the measure: this is shown.

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Turning away from the world, refusal, which first permits the attitude of non-intervention, is lastly rooted in the negation of the other. Therefore, in his solution lies a reversal and betrayal of what is precisely a constituent part of the ethical problem. Ethics beyond the question of alteriority remains blind; it forfeits, to think radically, its status as ethics. Benjamin , Walter a : Charles Baudelaire. Mersch , Dieter ed. Schelling , Friedrich W.

(TLP 6.522) Wittgenstein’s Ethics of Showing

Payne, New York Watzka , Heinrich : Sagen und Zeigen, Stuttgart TLP 3. It is therefore also not, as Derrida and J. Butler meanwhile seem to infer, marked arbitrarily and, by that, not transferable. TLP Critical Edition, ]. In the war years, above all, the confrontation with death is decisive, just as the diary entries end with the definitive view that suicide is the original sin NB, See especially McGuinness , ff.

One must begin with belief ; from words no belief follows. This word play is difficult to render in English. In such a way that they have the whole world as background. Similar ideas are in Kierkegaard , Kant , ff. A 73ff. Are they actually first beginning to look from the sky above? Are the celestial bodies with their faraway look the primeval phenomenon of aura?

In a letter to Adorno of 9. Benjamin b, However, from the start, the reflections on the Tractatus accompany religious — and not just aesthetic — metaphors. Moreover, the reconstruction of the aesthetic from the dimension of aura already reveals its genuinely religious meaning. Rather, it shows its indecision. I can well imagine a religion in which there are no doctrinal propositions, in which there is no talking.

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Obviously the essence of religion cannot have anything to do with the fact that there is talking. Heidegger , , , ff. The propositions of the Tractatus stand monolithically next to one another, like additions that are placed; they reject both a discursive structure as well as a nexus of causality.

That means that the textual ordering of the Tractatus consists of discontinuous sections ; it operates itself according to the difference of saying and showing : amongst them is a gaping silence that the conclusion expressly commands. One cannot will without acting. Not a statement of fact. Heidegger , ff.

On the context of the history of ideas cf.


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Home Kunstgeschichte Wirtschaftswissenschaften Chemie und Biowissenschaften Rechtswissenschaften Regionalwissenschaft. Search inside the book. Table of contents. Cite Share. Cited by. Translated by Suzanne Kirkbright. Surely the above title is rather dark. Therefore, let me start with a few words of clarification. Hence the title of this paper means either the task of developing ontology built up after "Tractatus" clues, by taking its claims and lesson seriously, or clarification of the "Tractatus" text, by explaining notions and providing its claims with well-grounded arguments, trying thus to develop, step by step, a more advanced and better argumented version of Wittgenstein's treatise.

The paper is organized as follows: I start with a general review of the ontology of the Tractatus, putting emphasis on its modalities, particularly on its notion of the form. Semi-formalization of the thesis 2. The formal theory of it, which is the crux of combination ontology, is outlined in the fourth chapter of the paper. Finally, several applications of this general ontology to the starting Tractarian ontology are given. Paris: Klincksieck. Certainly, of the two title questions the second - why? But also much more difficult.

To answer it we must not only collect and evaluate non-Fregean components of the semantics of the Tractatus , thus comparing them with Frege's semantics - which is rather easy; but we must also go into depth on both semantics, looking at their fundamentals and trying to find their basic conceptual and methodological framework. Such research, however, is much more difficult, partly because it leads us out of semantics into the broader and more general field of ontology, and to very fundamental metaphilosophical questions: to metaphilosophical considerations - because we try to compare two general philosophical theories; to ontological investigations - because of the nature of semantics.

Semantics provides language with the objective interpretation establishing connections between linguistic expressions and pieces of the world.

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To this end, however, it must be, if not arbitrary, developed inside a framework common for a language and the world. Such a framework can be provided only by a discipline more general than a theory of language, including semantics, as well as a theory of the world, i. Any proper semantics is indeed based on ontology - Frege's and Wittgenstein's semantics as well. Full and well-motivated discussion of the title questions requires a book rather than a short article. Therefore, I shall limit the discussion to differences in the key-schemes of both semantics, plus very brief and rather cryptic remarks concerning the general framework of this comparison.

I start with a few general remarks concerning the type of philosophy which, to my mind, is common to Frege and the young Wittgenstein. Next, I will proceed to a reconstruction of the semantic diagrams which are basic for the two semantics under investigation, emphasizing differences and trying to explain reasons for them. Piana, Giovanni. Interpretazione del Tractatus di Wittgenstein. Milano: Il Saggiatore. Pippin, Robert B. An Index. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. Plourde, Jimmy. Canadian Philosophical Association no. Poulain, Jacques.


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Proops, Ian. Logic and Language in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. This work is a minimally revised version of my Harvard doctoral thesis, which was written during the years My understanding of Wittgenstein's early philosophy has, of course, continued to evolve since completing the thesis, but because the attempt to incorporate these new ideas seemed likely to result in a wholly new work, I have decided to present the dissertation in its original form, with the exception of a few minor and mostly stylistic changes.

A reading is offered of Wittgenstein's argument for substance in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Wittgenstein's talk of "substance" is an allusion to Kant's conception of substance in the "First Analogy" of the Critique of Pure Reason , namely, the concept of some stuff that exists at all times and such that all existence changes are alterations of it. Tractarian substance is the modal analogue of Kantian substance.

It is that which "endures," not literally through time, but figuratively through a "space" of possible worlds. To argue for substance is therefore to argue for necessary existents. From this starting point, a detailed reconstruction of the argument for substance is developed and its coherence if not soundness defended. Ramsey, Frank Plumpton. Reprinted in: F. Braithwaite, with a preface by G. Reck, Erich H. From Frege to Wittgenstein. Perspective in Early Analytic Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press. Rhees, Rush. A propos of Black's Companion.

Richter, Duncan. Historical Dictionary of Wittgenstein's Philosophy.

Lanham: Scarecrow Press. Russell, Bertrand. Russell, Logic and Knowledge. Shanker, Stuart, ed. Critical Assessments. London: Croom Helm. The construction and dismantling of the Tractatus ; Vol. Simons, Peter M. Reprinted in: P. Selected Essays , Dordrecht: Kluwer, , pp. A Brentanian look at Wittgenstein, and a moral. Skyrms, Brian. Soames, Scott. Specht, Ernst Konrad. The Foundations of Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy. Manchester: Manchster University Press.

Stenius, Erik. Stevens, Graham. A Swedish Journal of Philosophy no. It is fairly well known that Wittgenstein's criticisms of Russell's multiple-relation theory of judgment has a devastating effect on the latter's philosophical enterprise. The exact nature of those criticisms, however, and the explanation for the severity of their consequences, has been a source of confusion and disagreement amongst both Russell and Wittgenstein scholars. In this paper, I offer an interpretation of those criticisms which shows them to be consonant with Wittgenstein's general critique of Russell's conception of logic and which serves to elucidate some of the notoriously enigmatic passages of the Tractatus.

In particular, I seek to show the continuity of Wittgenstein's criticisms of the theory of judgment with his remarks on Russell's paradox and the theory of types. Stokhof, Martin J. World and Life as One. Ethics and Ontology in Wittgenstein's Early Thought. Stanford: Stanford University Press. The book's main thesis is twofold. It argues that the ontological theory of the Tractatus is fundamentally dependent on its logical and linguistic doctrines: the tractarian world is the world as it appears in language and thought. It also maintains that this interpretation of the ontology of the Tractatus can be argued for not only on systematic grounds, but also via the contents of the ethical theory that it offers.

Wittgenstein's views on ethics presuppose that language and thought are but one way in which we interact with reality. Sullivan, Peter M. Wittgenstein, in the Tractatus , conceives the world as "the totality of facts. Wittgenstein's notion of truth-operation evidently has some role to play in avoiding that threat, allowing propositions, and so facts, to constitute a single type.

The paper seeks to explain that role in a way that integrates the "philosophical" and "technical" pressures on the notion of an operation. Suszko, Roman. Wittgenstein" Ontology in the Tractatus by L. The Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus of Ludwig Wittgenstein is a very unclear and ambiguous metaphysical work. Previously, like many formal logicians, I was not interested in the metaphysics of the Tractatus.

However, I read in the text of a monograph by Dr. Wolniewicz of the University of Warsaw and I changed my mind. I see now that the conceptual scheme of Tractatus and the metaphysical theory contained in it may be reconstructed by formal means. It is not easy to say how much I am indebted to Dr. I do not know whether he will agree with all theorems and definitions of the formal system presented here.

Nevertheless, I must declare that I could not write the present paper without being acquainted with the work of Dr. I learned very much from his monograph and from conversations with him. However, when presenting in this paper the formal system of Wittgenstein's ontology I will not refer mostly either to the monograph of Dr.

Wolniewicz or to the Tractatus. Also, I will not discuss here the problem of adequacy between my formal construction and Tractatus. I think that the Wittgenstein was somewhat confused and wrong in certain points. For example, he did not see the clear-cut distinction between language theory and metalanguage metatheory : a confusion between use and mention of expressions.

Symposium on logic held at Boston, , edited by Parikh, Rohit, Berlin: Springer. This paper was also published as a separate booklet by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw , in a series of preprints. Suszko, Roman, and Omyla, Mieczyslaw. Tejedor, Chon. An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy no.

This paper puts forward an alternative interpretation of the argument for simple objects advanced in the 2. In my view, Wittgenstein derives the simplicity of objects directly from his account of possible states, complex objects and senseful propositions. The key to Wittgenstein's argument is the idea that, if there were no simple objects, possible states would not be necessarily possible. If this were the case, however, there would be no senseful language, in Wittgenstein's view. One of the subsidiary aims of this paper is to question the idea that Wittgenstein posits simples because, without them, language would be infinitely analyzable.

Voltolini, Alberto. In this paper I will try to show the following two things. First, Wittgenstein's Tractatus logico-philosophicus semantically exiges that Tractarian objects be conceived of as possibilia in the sense of Russell , namely as objects that may exist as well not exist. Second, the Tractatus's general ontological framework suggests to integrate this onto-semantical conception with a view of such objects not as qualia but rather as sensibilia in the sense of Russell , namely as possible sense-data.

Weissman, David. White, Roger M. Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Readers' Guide. New York: Continuum.

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Wolniewicz, Boguslaw. Rzczy i fakty. Wstep do pierwszei filozofii Wittgensteina Things and Facts. An introduction to the first philosophy of Wittgenstein. Warsaw: Panstwowe Wydawnicztwo Naukowe. Wien, 2. September , Vol. II , Wien: Herder. IV , edited by Cohen, Robert S. Bridgeport: Spartacus Books.

Wien: Europaverl. Essay in Honour of G. Anscombe , edited by Diamond, Cora and Teichman, Jenny, Ithaca: Cornell University Press. More than once Professor Anscombe has expressed doubt concerning the semantic efficacy of the idea of an 'elementary proposition' as conceived in the Tractatus. Wittgenstein himself eventually discarded it, together with the whole philosophy of language of which it had been an essential part. None the less the idea is still with us, and it seems to cover theoretical potentialities yet to be explored.

This paper is a tentative move in that direction. We shall not investigate whether this is an adequate axiomatic for the notion under consideration. We suppose it is. In any case it is possible to modify it in one way or another, and for the resulting notion still to preserve a family resemblance with the original idea. One such modification is sketched out below. A generalized Wittgensteinian semantics for propositional languages is presented, based on a lattice of elementary situations. Of these, maximal ones are possible worlds, constituting a logical space; minimal ones are logical atoms, partitioned into its dimensions.

A verifier of a proposition is an elementary situation such that if real it makes true. The reference or objective of a proposition is a situation, which is the set of all its minimal verifiers. Maximal ones constitute its locus. Situations are shown to form a Boolean algebra, and the Boolean set algebra of loci is its representation. Wittgenstein's is a special case, admitting binary dimensions only. The Axioms; 1. Some Consequences; 1. W-Independence; 1. States of Affairs;.

The Semigroup of SE"-Sets; 2. Q-Spaces and V-Sets; 2. V-Equivalence and Q-Equivalence; 2. V-Classes and V-Sets;. Verifiers of Propositions; 3. Verifying and Forcing; 3. Situations and Logical Loci; 3. Loci and Objectives of Compound Propositions 3. The Boolean Algebra of Situations;. The paper applies the theory presented in "A formal ontology of situations" Studia Logica, vol. Four are treated in some detail: Hume's diachronic atomism, Laplacean determinism, Hume's synchronic atomism, and Wittgenstein's logical atomism.

Moreover, the relation of that theory to the "situation semantics" of Perry and Barwise is discussed. Ontologia Sytuacji Ontology of Situations. Eine Neubewertung. Akten Internationale Wittgenstein-Symposium. Despite much discussion there is little clarity on that. So let us give it again some consideration. Philosophy of language oscillates between the two poles of metaphysics and psychologism; The main representative of the former trend is Frege, and the Tractatus follows closely in his wake.

Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Logic and Language

The Philosophical Investigations, on the other hand, are the expression of a dramatic departure from Frege and towards psychologism. Language is now viewed by Wittgenstein not in its logical capacity as the medium of thought and the bearer of truth-value, but instrumentally as a means of communication. Its relation to reality fades out, and its connexion with feeling, thinking, and doing comes massively to the fore.

Psychologism and positivism go hand in hand. Metaphysics, though not condemned as a vice as in pure positivism, is viewed as a malaise to be cured. Thus Wittgenstein's later philosophy turns into a kind of psychotherapy, exerting itself to bring metaphysics to a stop. What for? This is never made clear, as if it were a matter of course. But it is not. Logic and Metaphysics. Studies in Wittgenstein's Ontology of Facts. Warsaw: Polskie Towarzystwo Semiotyczne. Contents: Preface 11; Discontinuity of Wittgenstein's philosophy 13; 1. Elementary situations as a lattice of finite length 19; Elementary situations as a semilattice 73; 3.

Independence ; 4. Elementary situations generalized ; 5. Auxiliary studies ; 5. The notion of fact as a modal operator ; 5. Offshoots 6. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag. In Wittgenstein's "Tractatus", thesis 5 is the Principle of Extensionality: all propositions are truth-functions of their clauses. This, however, has been often thrown into doubt. There are - it is said - compound propositions whose truth-value does not depend on that of their clauses. The usual example given are the so-called intensional contexts, like "John thinks that p", or "John says that p".

And indeed, the truth-value of "p" is patently immaterial here to that of the whole proposition which it is part of. Wittgenstein's retort are the following much discussed theses, adduced here in a translation of our own:. Particularly in certain propositional forms of psychology, like "A believes that p is the case", "A thinks p", etc. For taken superficially, proposition p seems here to stand to the object A in some sort of relation.

And in modem epistemology - Russell, Moore, etc. The objection is met here in two steps. Firstly, it is pointed out that a proposition of the form "John says that p" is actually of the form "'p' says that p". The idea is this: the proposition "John says that Jill has a cat" means: John produces the sentence "Jill has a cat", the latter saying by itself that Jill has a cat. In such a way propositions get independent of the persons producing them, and communicate some objective content. It is surely not by John's looks that we come to know about Jill's cat, but merely by his words. Whom they stem from, is irrelevant.

In his second step Wittgenstein follows Frege's interpretation of indirect speech, but with modifications. He points out that the formula " 'p' says that p " is equivalent to some compound proposition in which neither the proposition "p" as a syntactic unit, nor anything equivalent to it, does occur although there occur all the logically relevant constituents of "p" separately. The distinction between abstract and concrete states of affairs is not drawn explicitly in the "Tractatus".

But it fits well thesis 5. The circumstance that in 5.