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

Denis McManus

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199288021
eISBN:
9780191713446
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

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 ... More


Epilogue: Wittgenstein's verdict

Noam Reisner

in Milton and the Ineffable

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199572625
eISBN:
9780191721892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572625.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This brief epilogue offers a quotation from Wittgenstein's letters about poetry as a concluding remark for the book as a whole, and speculates whether or not Wittgenstein — a philosopher everywhere ... More


‘God was in France all Friday’: incoherence from the inside

Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

in Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song: From the Blues to the Baltic

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262887
eISBN:
9780191734441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262887.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter discusses a comparison of the scholarly criteria used to describe ‘nonsense’ with the attitudes of singers, in the mutually related areas of lexical corruption and narrative collapse. ... More


Introduction: Wittgenstein's Aesthetics of Austerity

Stephen Mulhall

in Wittgenstein's Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense and Imagination in “Philosophical Investigations”, §§ 243–315

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199208548
eISBN:
9780191709067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208548.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the basis of the author's approach to the sequence of remarks on the idea of a private language in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. ... More


Questions of Expression

Maximilian de Gaynesford

in I: The Meaning of the First Person Term

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199287826
eISBN:
9780191603570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199287821.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

‘Independence’, or the claim that one can use I to express thoughts without having to identify what is being referred to, is a myth. It depends on a two-step argument from explanation: that it would ... More


Transcendence

Charles Travis

in Thought's Footing: Themes in Wittgenstein's “Philosophical Investigations”

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199291465
eISBN:
9780191710667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291465.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter elaborates an application of Wittgenstein's new (Investigations) view of nonsense. It raises the question: are there lessons to be learned from privacy, which bear on the worry broached ... More


Introduction

Denis McManus

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199288021
eISBN:
9780191713446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This introductory chapter presents a sketch of the book as a whole. It identifies several features of the Tractatus that Wittgenstein himself described as crucial. It sets out a philosophical ... More


The Method of the Tractatus

Denis McManus

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199288021
eISBN:
9780191713446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter presents three more crucial ideas in the interpretation of the Tractatus. The first is ‘resolution’; it discusses attempts to articulate quite what ‘resolute readings’ of the Tractatus ... More


The Picture Analogy

Denis McManus

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199288021
eISBN:
9780191713446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter presents an interpretation of Wittgenstein’s proposal that we see propositions as analogous to pictures. Thinking through this analogy in the way that Wittgenstein suggests reveals both ... More


Logical and Ontological Types

Denis McManus

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199288021
eISBN:
9780191713446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses how Wittgenstein’s conception of ‘the illogical’ as sign/symbol confusion affects our understanding of logical and ontological ‘types’. It explores the notion that the ... More


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