The Unity of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy: Necessity, by Jose Medina

By Jose Medina

Exposing the parable of “the Wittgensteins,” this publication offers an in depth account of the cohesion in Wittgenstein’s proposal from the Tractatus to the Philosophical Investigations. in contrast to fresh interpretations within the literature, this account isn't the tale of the unfolding of a unmarried view, yet in its place the tale of an ongoing dialog and its inner common sense. all through his profession, Wittgenstein argued that philosophical difficulties concerning the beneficial and the very unlikely, at the one hand, and in regards to the significant and the nonsensical, at the different, should be dissolved by way of an elucidation of standard language use. This method consistently trusted a similar approach, specifically contextualism. He pointed out decontextualization because the major resource of philosophical confusion and argued that philosophical figuring out involves situating ideas within the normative contexts within which they functionality. This severe reconstruction contributes to the certainty of Wittgenstein’s philosophy and illuminates modern debates relating necessity, intelligibility, and the normativity of language.

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But Wittgenstein provided no method of analysis according to which this hidden logical form could be disclosed. He now claims that the objects of logical analysis must be accessible to us: logical form is to be found in the contents of our experience, in what appears to us. Thus in the opening page of SRLF Wittgenstein remarks that the discovery of “the kernels of every proposition” is “the task of the theory of knowledge” (p. 29). The adoption of a certain phenomenalism58 probably became attractive to Wittgenstein as a way of fleshing out the Tractarian notion of logical analysis.

A new version of these core Tractarian notions together with a new analysis of the colorexclusion problem appeared in “Some Remarks on Logical Form” (hereafter SRLF), the paper that Wittgenstein wrote for the 1929 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society. The arguments of this paper did not leave Wittgenstein satisfied for very long. 55 However, despite its short-lived arguments, SRLF constitutes a decisive turning point and it contains crucial ideas that determined the subsequent development of Wittgenstein’s thought.

3. The Myth of “Hidden Bodies” The general significance of the color-exclusion problem and its crucial role in the development of Wittgenstein’s thought are missed if the problem is understood to be about whether color is a primitive dimension of reality. That the color-exclusion problem concerns the identification of simples has been a very influential interpretation (endorsed by G. E. M. Anscombe34 and Max Black,35 among others). Shanker has suggested that Ramsey’s objection about the futility of a physicalistic analysis of color terms was probably what moved Wittgenstein to come back to the exclusion problem in 1929.

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