Wittgensteins Tractatus: History and Interpretation

Hardcover | March 2, 2013

EditorPeter Sullivan, Michael Potter

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This volume of newly written chapters on the history and interpretation of Wittgenstein's Tractatus represents a significant step beyond the polemical debate between broad interpretive approaches that has recently characterized the field. Some of the contributors might count their approach as'new' or 'resolute', while others are more 'traditional', but all are here concerned primarily with understanding in detail the structure of argument that Wittgenstein presents within the Tractatus, rather than with its final self-renunciation, or with the character of the understanding thatrenunciation might leave behind. The volume makes a strong case that close investigation, both biographical and textual, into the composition of the Tractatus, and into the various influences on it, still has much to yield in revealing the complexity and fertility of Wittgenstein's early thought. Amongst these influences Kant andKierkegaard are considered alongside Wittgenstein's immediate predecessors in the analytic tradition. The themes explored range across the breadth of Wittgenstein's book, and include his accounts of ethics and aesthetics, as well as issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, and aspects ofthe logical framework of his account of representation. The contrast of saying and showing, and Wittgenstein's attitude to the inexpressible, is of central importance to many of the contributions. By approaching this concern through the various first-level issues that give rise to it, rather than from entrenched schematic positions, the contributorsdemonstrate the possibility of a more inclusive, constructive and fruitful mode of engagement with Wittgenstein's text and with each other.

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This volume of newly written chapters on the history and interpretation of Wittgenstein's Tractatus represents a significant step beyond the polemical debate between broad interpretive approaches that has recently characterized the field. Some of the contributors might count their approach as'new' or 'resolute', while others are more '...

Peter Sullivan is a Professor at the University of Stirling where he has taught since 1993. The primary focus of his published work has been on the founding figures of analytic philosophy: Frege, Russell, the early Wittgenstein, and Ramsey. Michael Potter, University Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cambridge, and Fellow, Fitzwill...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:March 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Michael Potter and Peter Sullivan: Introduction2. Michael Potter: Wittgenstein's pre-Tractatus manuscripts: a new appraisal3. Hanne Appelqvist: Why does Wittgenstein say that ethics and aesthetics are one and the same?4. Genia Schonbaumsfeld: Kierkegaard and the Tractatus5. Ian Proops: What is Frege's 'concept horse problem'?6. Peter Milne: Tractatus 5.4611: 'Signs for logical operations are punctuation marks'7. Thomas Ricketts: Logical segmentation and generality in Wittgenstein's Tractatus8. William Child: Does the Tractatus contain a private language argument?9. James Levine: Logic and solipsism10. A. W. Moore: Was the author of the Tractatus a transcendental idealist?11. Peter Sullivan: Idealism in Wittgenstein: a further reply to MooreIndex