Transcendence and Wittgenstein's Tractatus

Transcendence and Wittgenstein's Tractatus

by Michael Hodges

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Although Wittgenstein claimed that his first book, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, was essentially an ethical work, it has been viewed insistently as a purely logical one. His later work, Philosophical Investigations, is generally seen as presenting totally different ideas from his earlier writings. In this book, Michael Hodges shows how Wittgenstein’s later work emerged from his earlier Tractatus, and he unifies the early philosophy, both its well-known logical aspects and the lesser known ethical dimensions, in terms of the notion of transcendence.

Hodges studies the Tractatus in light of Wittgenstein’s own claim that the Philosophical Investigations can only be understood when read against the background of the Tractatus. At the heart of an understanding of the earlier work is the idea of transcendence which structures both Wittgenstein’s logical and ethical insights. Seen in terms of this notion, the rigorous unity of Wittgenstein’s early thinking becomes apparent and the gestalt shift to the later philosophy comes clearly into focus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439905838
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 06/18/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 172
File size: 304 KB

About the Author

Michael P. Hodges is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.

Table of Contents

Contents List of Abbreviations Preface The Historical and Cultural Background Philosophical Issues 2. The Theory of Language and Logic Language in the Tractatus The Form of Objects The Content of Objects Propositions and Logic in the Tractatus The Status of the Propositions in the Tractatus Elucidations Elucidations and Primitive Terms Philosophy and Elucidations Comparisons 4. The Metaphysical Subject The Empirical Subject The Metaphysical Subject The Unsayable and the Metaphysical Subject 5. The Ethical The Status of the Ethical The Ethical Subject and Different Worlds Three Suppositions Three Modes of the Ethical The Moral The Stoic The Aesthetic Death and the Silence of the Tractatus Logic and Ethics Ethics and the Project to be God Transcendence Revisited 8. Conclusions Notes Index

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