Philosophy and Literature 39 (1):172-187 (2015)

Melvin Chen
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.In the exegetical tradition of Wittgenstein, there have existed three types of readings: the positivist reading, the ineffability reading, and the resolute reading. In this essay, I will be adhering to the resolute reading, whose roots may be traced to James Conant and Cora Diamond. However, the positivist reading of Wittgenstein having been historically prior and still in currency, it bears first examining the features of this approach.2Two readings may be regarded as paradigmatic of the approach in question: A. J. Ayer’s Language, Truth, and Logic and Rudolf Carnap’s “The Elimination of..
Keywords Positivist Reading  Ineffability Reading  Resolute Reading  Moral Imagination  Wittgenstein  Metaethics
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DOI 10.1353/phl.2015.0017
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