The Nature of All Being: A Study of Wittgensteins Modal Atomism

Hardcover | March 5, 1992

byRaymond Bradley

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In this comprehensive study of Wittgenstein's modal theorizing, Bradley offers a radical reinterpretation of Wittgenstein's early thought and presents both an interpretive and a philosophical thesis. A unique feature of Bradley's analysis is his reliance on Wittgenstein's Notebooks, which hebelieves offer indispensable guidance to the interpretation of difficult passages in the Tractatus. Bradley then goes on to argue that Wittgenstein's account of modality--and the related notion of possible worlds--is in fact superior to any of the currently popular theories in this area. In thiscontext, he examines and critiques the work of such figures as Adams, Carnap, Hintikka, Lewis, Rescher, and Stalnaker.

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In this comprehensive study of Wittgenstein's modal theorizing, Bradley offers a radical reinterpretation of Wittgenstein's early thought and presents both an interpretive and a philosophical thesis. A unique feature of Bradley's analysis is his reliance on Wittgenstein's Notebooks, which hebelieves offer indispensable guidance to the...

Raymond Bradley is at Simon Fraser University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 1.14 inPublished:March 5, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195071115

ISBN - 13:9780195071115

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"I know of no other work on the Tractatus which is so thoroughly dedicated to the role of modal notions, nor of any which does so much to bring the early Wittgenstein into conversation with contemporary philosophers who work on modal logic and who talk about possible worlds."--TheThomist