Wittgenstein: from mysticism to ordinary language : a study by Russell Nieli

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37 31. , p. 232. 32. Ibid. 33. , p. 233. 34. , p. 234. 35. Ibid. 36. Ibid. 37. , p. 233. 38 "Even those who agree with our results," he says, "will still feel plagued by something strange: are so many men from a variety of epochs and cultures, among them outstanding minds, really supposed to have expended such effort, indeed passionate fervor, on metaphysics, when it consists of nothing but meaningless strings of words? 41 As such, metaphysics is a kind of poetry or music. "42 But metaphysics differs from the various art forms such as poetry, music, and fiction, according to Carnap, in that the latter are appropriate to the task they attempt to achieve, while the former is not.

K(r)1. "We seek the Nothing", We find the Nothing", We know the Nothing" k(no)2. The rain rains. R(r)2. "The Nothing nothings" No(no)3. "The Nothing exists only because . " ex(no) 28. , p. 230. ", "We know the rain", "The rain rains'') are statements from everyday language (more or less), all logically and grammatically free from objection. With the exception of II-B3 ("The nothing exists only because . ") the statements in the second column are all grammatically analogous to the corresponding statements in the first column, though logically quite different.

232-3. 31 Fairy tales are perfectly meaningful, though false; hence, belief in them is false belief or superstition. 32 Having dealt the coup de grace to the most widely read contemporary metaphysician, Carnap then goes on in the article to elaborate his contention that all metaphysicians, not just Heidegger, speak nonsense. 33 "Being" is a particularly dangerous word, says Carnap, because it has two uses which metaphysicians are all too prone to confuse. , the logical schema allows assertions of the kind, "The book is on the table", where the "is" refers to the predicate "on the table", but not, "The book is", where "is" refers to book).

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