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

Marie McGinn


Discussions of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus are currently dominated by two opposing interpretations of the work: a metaphysical or realist reading and the ‘resolute’ reading of Cora Diamond and James Conant. This book aims to develop an alternative interpretative line, which rejects the idea central to the metaphysical reading that Wittgenstein sets out to ground the logic of our language in features of an independently constituted reality, but which allows that he aims to provide positive philosophical insights into how language functions. It takes as a guiding principle the idea that we should s ... More

Keywords: language, philosophical theory, logic, solipsism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie McGinn, author
University of York
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