By Chon Tejedor
Thematically established, the ebook leads the reader via an intensive assessment of the advance of Wittgenstein's concept, leading to a extra accomplished knowing of the roots of his philosophical issues. supplying assurance of the whole diversity of Wittgenstein's previous and later paintings, the booklet emphasizes the connection among his remedy of language and his therapy of the opposite significant questions in philosophy. Crucially the ebook introduces the most important thinkers whose paintings proved influential within the improvement of Wittgenstein's notion, together with Frege, Russell and Schopenhauer. this is often the suitable advent for someone coming to the paintings of this difficult philosopher for the 1st time.
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By beginning the process of logical analysis). For Wittgenstein, in the Tractatus, this is simply part and parcel of the concept of proposition. After all, in the Tractatus, a proposition is a sentence that is used to represent one particular possible state. If possible states were not precisely demarcated, if they did not have ﬁxed, clearly drawn boundaries, then they would run the risk of becoming indistinguishable from each other. But then the very notion of a proposition representing one particular possible state – rather than another – would be at risk.
Although propositions such as ‘Ivan is a bachelor’ and ‘Ivan está soltero’ seem very different at the surface level, their full analyses would – if carried out – reveal that they ultimately break down in the same way: at the ultimate level of analysis, the (accidental) differences between them vanish, and we are left with the same ‘elementary propositions’. For Wittgenstein, all non-elementary propositions, no matter what natural language they are expressed in, are ultimately analyzable into combinations of ‘elementary propositions’ belonging to one common, purely logical language.
Ordinary propositions are not about what they appear to be. The ordinary words of ordinary propositions do not have meanings; rather ordinary propositions are ultimately analyzable into elementary propositions consisting of names that do have meanings. In a way, therefore, all propositions are really about the simple meanings of names. ix. LOGICAL ANALYSIS AND TRUTH-TABLES Before we draw this chapter to a close, I would like to discuss one of the most innovative aspects of the Tractatus: the notion of a truthtable.