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Journal of Philosophical Logic 41 (5):841-851 (2012)
It is commonly held that Wittgenstein abandoned the Tractatus largely because of a problem concerning color incompatibility. My aim is to solve this problem on Wittgenstein’s behalf. First I introduce the central program of the Tractatus (§1) and the color incompatibility problem (§2). Then I solve the problem without abandoning any Tractarian ideas (§3), and show that given certain weak assumptions, the central program of the Tractatus can in fact be accomplished (§4). I conclude by distinguishing my system of analysis from others and by explaining the historical underpinnings of my understanding of the nature of elementary propositions (§5).
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This is awesome. Tractatus power!