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early wittgenstein on metaphysics

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early wittgenstein on metaphysics

Post by hertz » November 17th, 2018, 1:32 pm

Can wittgenstein's tractatus logico-philosophicus 2.021-2.0212 be considered as an argument for metaphysics and if so ,why?
2.021 Objects make up the substance of the world. That is why they cannot be composite.
2.0211 If they world had no substance, then whether a proposition had sense would depend on whether another proposition was true.
2.0212 In that case we could not sketch any picture of the world (true or false)

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Re: early wittgenstein on metaphysics

Post by Fooloso4 » November 18th, 2018, 8:15 pm

Homework assignment?

What do you think, and why?

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Re: early wittgenstein on metaphysics

Post by hertz » December 8th, 2018, 9:14 am

No ,not an assignment.
I do think it is an argument for metaphysics.By assuming that wittgenstein is referring to simple propositions as the substance of the world. If simple propositions didn't exist then we wouldn't be able to draw accurate pictures of the world, which we can accoridng to wittgensetin.

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Re: early wittgenstein on metaphysics

Post by Fooloso4 » December 8th, 2018, 11:07 am

It depends on how one defines metaphysics. If one means the question of what is fundamental then yes, but if one means questions regarding a transcendent reality then no.
By assuming that wittgenstein is referring to simple propositions as the substance of the world.
It is not the propositions but the simple objects that are the substance. (2.021) Propositions are pictures of the facts. Logic is the scaffolding that underlies both the relationship between simple objects and the language that represents those relations.

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