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

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Recent years have seen a great revival of interest in Wittgenstein's early masterpiece, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus . The Enchantment of Words is a study of that book, offering novel readings of all its major themes and shedding light on issues in metaphysics, ethics and the philosophies of mind, language, and logic.
McManus argues that Wittgenstein's aim in this deeply puzzling work is to show that the "intelligibility of thought" and the "meaningfulness of language," which logical truths would delimit and metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and language would explain, are issues constituted by confusions. What is exposed is a mirage of a kind of self-consciousness, a misperception of the ways in which we happen to think, talk and act as reasons why we ought to think, talk and act as we do. The root of that misperception is our confusedly endowing words with a life of their own: we "enchant," and are "enchanted by," words, colluding in a confusion that transposes on to them, and the world which we then see them as "fitting," responsibilities that are actually ours to bear. Such words promise to spare us the trouble, not only of thinking, but of living.
In presenting this view, McManus offers readings of all of the major themes of the Tractatus , including its discussion of logical truth, objects, names, inference, subjectivity, solipsism and the ineffable; McManus offers novel explanations of what is at stake in Wittgenstein's comparison of propositions with pictures, of why Wittgenstein declared the point of the Tractatus to be ethical, of how a bookwhich infamously declares itself to be nonsensical can both clarify our thoughts and require of us that we exercise our capacity to reason in reading it, and of how Wittgenstein later came to re-evaluate the achievement of the Tractatus.

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McManus, Denis (2006) The Enchantment of Words: Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, New York, USA; Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press, 288pp.

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Published date: August 2006

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Local EPrints ID: 40995
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40995
ISBN: 019928802X
PURE UUID: fbd60334-a795-4e14-b210-a6013e5d5845

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Date deposited: 13 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:32

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