‘I’, or if given thegravitasof Latin, ‘Ego’, is a surprisingly elusive concept, and Wittgenstein's concern with the problems that it presents to a philosopher emerges very early in his writings. His treatment of the concept leads him into two paradoxes. The first paradox is formulated in the discussion of solipsism in theTractatus. The second paradox does not — at least, on the face of it — involve any philosophical theory. It is the simple claim that the pronoun ‘I’ does not make a reference. This claim is made inThe Blue Book(1933-34).
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