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The Enchantment of Words: Wittgenstein's “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”

Denis McManus


This book is a study of Wittgenstein’s early masterpiece, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. It argues that Wittgenstein’s aim in that deeply puzzling work is to show that the ‘intelligibility of thought’ and the ‘meaningfulness of language’, which logical truths would delimit, and metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and language would explain are issues constituted by confusions. What is exposed is a mirage of a kind of self-consciousness, a misperception of the ways in which we happen to think, talk, and act as reasons why we ought to think, talk, and act as we do. The root of that mispe ... More

Keywords: ethics, the inexpressible, intelligibility, language, logic, meaning, meaningfulness, metaphysics, nonsense, thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288021
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis McManus, author
University of Southampton
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