By Alfred Nordmann

ISBN-10: 051112631X

ISBN-13: 9780511126314

ISBN-10: 052185086X

ISBN-13: 9780521850865

Ludwig Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus' is likely one of the most crucial books of the 20 th century. It motivated philosophers and artists alike and maintains to fascinate readers this day. Alfred Nordmann's advent considers either the philosophical and the literary elements of the Tractatus and demonstrates how they're comparable. It additionally finds how the paintings suits into Wittgenstein's philosophical improvement and the culture of analytic philosophy, arguing strongly for the vigour and importance of that culture.

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It now occurred to Wittgenstein that one might reverse the analogy and say that a proposition serves as a model or picture, by virtue of a similar correspondence between its parts and the world. 56 The physical description through the model and a verbal description in a sentence or proposition are just two ways of picturing the accident. The scene of the accident, the courtroom model, and the descriptive sentence all share the same pictorial form. In the case of 55 56 The parenthetical remark “wenn ich nicht blind w¨are” has been translated “were I not blind”, which suggests that Wittgenstein does not yet see how the courtroom representation yields the answer.

139 in Lichtenberg 1990). Regarding Lichtenberg’s devastating critique of metaphysics, see Zimmermann 1986. Compare Wittgenstein’s diary entry of February 7, 1931: “If my name lives on then only as the Terminus ad quem of great occidental philosophy. Somewhat like the name of the one who burnt down the library of Alexandria” (MT, diary p. 64). Remarks like these bring to mind von Wright’s comment: “It may appear strange that Schopenhauer, one of the masters of philosophical prose, did not influence Wittgenstein’s style.

Reality consists of those states of affairs that happen to obtain, and the substance of the world consists of all possible states of affairs. A complete list of all those possible states of affairs that actually obtain would provide a complete description of the world. ” we can now answer more fully that it shows the logical form that is common to language and reality. 141). Representations are directly in touch with reality: the linkages between the names in a sentence and the objects in a state of affairs provide for the shared co-ordinates of the two systems.

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