David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (2006)
Discussion of Wittgenstein's Tractatus is currently dominated by two opposing interpretations of the work: a metaphysical or realist reading and the 'resolute' reading of Diamond and Conant. Marie McGinn's principal aim in this book is 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. McGinn takes as a guiding principle the idea that we should see Wittgenstein's early work as an attempt to eschew philosophical theory and to allow language itself to reveal how it functions. By this account, the aim of the work is to elucidate what language itself makes clear, namely, what is essential to its capacity to express thoughts that are true or false. However, the early Wittgenstein undertakes this descriptive project in the grip of a set of preconceptions concerning the essence of language that determine both how he conceives the problem and the approach he takes to the task of clarification. Nevertheless, the Tractatus contains philosophical insights, achieved despite his early preconceptions, that form the foundation of his later philosophy. The anti-metaphysical interpretation that is presented includes a novel reading of the problematic opening sections of the Tractatus, in which the apparently metaphysical status of Wittgenstein's remarks is shown to be an illusion. The book includes a discussion of the philosophical background to the Tractatus, a comprehensive interpretation of Wittgenstein's early views of logic and language, and an interpretation of the remarks on solipsism. The final chapter is a discussion of the relation between the early and the later philosophy that articulates the fundamental shift in Wittgenstein's approach to the task of understanding how language functions and reveal the still more fundamental continuity in his conception of his philosophical task.
|Keywords||Logic, Symbolic and mathematical Language and languages Philosophy|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$28.11 new (38% off) $44.45 used (2% off) $44.95 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||B3376.W563.T73435 2009|
|ISBN(s)||9780199568246 9780199244447 0199244448 0199568243|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Cora Diamond (2011). 'We Can't Whistle It Either': Legend and Reality. European Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):335-356.
Luciano Bazzocchi (2014). A Significant 'False Perception' of Wittgenstein's Draft on Mind's Eye. Acta Analytica 29 (2):255-266.
Michael O'Sullivan (2015). The Visual Field in Russell and Wittgenstein. Philosophical Investigations 38 (4):316-332.
Denis McManus (2009). The General Form of the Proposition: The Unity of Language and the Generality of Logic in the Early Wittgenstein. Philosophical Investigations 32 (4):295-318.
Similar books and articles
Dawn M. Phillips (2006). Clear as Mud. Journal of Philosophical Research 31:277-294.
Daniele Mezzadri (2010). Language and Logic in Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Dissertation, University of Stirling
John Preston (2008). Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Logic and Language – by Marie McGinn. Philosophical Investigations 31 (3):268–272.
Andy Hamilton (2008). Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Language and Logic - by Marie McGinn. Philosophical Books 49 (3):266-269.
Michael Potter (2010). Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Logic and Language – Marie McGinn. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (238):192-194.
José L. Zalabardo (2008). Review: Marie McGinn: Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Logic and Language. [REVIEW] Mind 117 (468):1105-1108.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1971). Prototractatus. Ithaca, N.Y.,Cornell University Press.
Matthew B. Ostrow (2002). Wittgenstein's Tractatus: A Dialectical Interpretation. Cambridge University Press.
Peter Carruthers (1990). The Metaphysics of the Tractatus. Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2010-05-19
Total downloads18 ( #173,493 of 1,780,587 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #291,765 of 1,780,587 )
How can I increase my downloads?