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Return to Book Page. An Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus by G. Anscombe guides us through the Tractatus and, thereby, Wittgenstein's early philosophy as a whole.
She shows in particular how his arguments developed out of the discussions of Russell and Frege. This reprint is of the fourth, corrected edition. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by St.
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Brockhaus's work is not only much more readable; it is also more comprehensive, in explaining Wittgenstein's views on metaphysics and ethics, as much as those on language. It turns out understanding all of these views are essential to understanding his more popular theories in philosophy of language. Anscombe focuses on Wittgenstein's philosophy of language, at the cost of neglecting these other important parts of his thought.
It is helpful to have Anscombe's particularly intricate and comprehensive explanations, to supply the very sparse writing of the Tractatus. This book is well organized. Anscombe progresses from explaining Wittgenstein's conceptualizations of elementary propositions, theory of descriptions, negation, and operations to then present some more technical parts of his work formal concepts and series; general forms of propositions.
She concludes with two chapters. One analyzes the implications of the Tractatus on problems in epistemology, criticizing verificationalist interpretations of Wittgenstein; the other analyzes the popular views about Wittgenstein's "mysticism.
Some especially helpful features of Anscombe's text include that she, in detail, explicates Frege's and Russell's views of the problems, which Wittgenstein addresses. This is needed to fully understand Wittgenstein's position. Without any deep familiarity with Frege or Russell, I had trouble following some of this explication, although most of it was informative and helpful.
It is possible that before reading Wittgenstein, one must read these philosophers, to prepare for taking up Anscombe's text, and then reading the Tractatus. Another feature is that she explains and critiques some major interpretations of the Tractatus by philosophers, such as Popper and Ayer. I haven't read any other books that attempt to explain the Tractatus, so I am not in a place to evaluate the quality of Anscombe's interpretations of the especially challenging parts of Wittgenstein's thought, but I can imagine that she is very authoritative on these matters.
I found chapters , and lucid and readable. My one complaint is that the other chapters are so technical that I couldn't understand their contents, despite re-reading these parts and going back to Wittgenstein's text. This is likely due to my lack of familiarity with the problems Wittgenstein addresses, but it's possible that these parts were not as clearly written that they could be. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a general idea of the Tractatus. Rather, it is written for students of philosophy who want an extensive background to help them understand all the fine-grained arguments some explicit and others implicit of the claims of the Tractatus.
Anscombe introduces this book with suggesting that this book should not replace reading Wittgenstein. I affirm that suggestion. Ron Scrogham rated it it was ok Apr 07, James rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Pinkyivan rated it really liked it Oct 08, Charles rated it liked it Jan 27, Ykcud rated it really liked it May 19, Chazz rated it really liked it May 13, Petros Lamprides rated it really liked it Jan 02, Billy rated it really liked it May 19, Guy Sexty rated it really liked it Feb 07, Randal Samstag rated it really liked it Oct 28, Crito rated it really liked it Feb 02, Justin rated it really liked it Jul 12, Jeff rated it it was amazing Feb 08, Genjiro rated it really liked it Jul 22, Sam Cabrita rated it really liked it Jan 28, Faisal Shamas rated it it was amazing May 05, Eric rated it liked it Nov 18, John rated it really liked it Sep 01, Adam rated it really liked it Aug 21, Pranjal Chaudhary rated it it was amazing Oct 28, Udi h Bauman rated it it was amazing Feb 05, Corbin rated it liked it Aug 24, Imran Thobani rated it really liked it Aug 13, Owen rated it really liked it Jul 28, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About G. A student of Ludwig Wittgenstein, she became an authority on his work, and edited and translated many books drawn from his writings, above all his Philosophical Investigations. She wrote on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, philosophical logic, philosophy of language, and ethic Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe, better known as Elizabeth Anscombe, was a British analytic philosopher.
She wrote on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, philosophical logic, philosophy of language, and ethics. Her article "Modern Moral Philosophy" introduced the term "consequentialism" into the language of analytic philosophy; this and subsequent articles had a seminal influence on contemporary virtue ethics.
Her monograph Intention is generally recognized as her greatest and most influential work, and the continuing philosophical interest in the concepts of intention, action and practical reasoning can be said to have taken its main impetus from this work. Books by G.
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An Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus
Ludwig Wittgenstein intended the Tractatus to reshape our understanding of what philosophy was and what it could accomplish. She wanted her book to inaugurate a radical change in how the Tractatus was read and understood. This chapter looks at her critique of older readings and at her own approach to the Tractatus. At the end of the Preface, he said that he took himself to have in essence arrived at a definitive solution of such problems. The book was meant to revolutionize philosophical thinking.
An Introduction to Wittgenstein's "Tractatus"
Nor is the existing literature on this point very illuminating. On the contrary, considering the already vast scope of this literature, the references to Kant are not only often lacking in interest but are in the majority of cases simply not there at all. In what follows I should like to describe in more detail than has yet been attempted the nature and extent of this relation and what, as I see it, is particularly interesting and illuminating about it. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF. Skip to main content.