This historical study investigates Ludwig Wittgenstein's early philosophy of logic and language, as it is presented in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. The study makes a case for the Tractatus as an insightful critique of the philosophies of Bertrand Russell and Gottlob Frege-the Founding Fathers of analytic philosophy.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- I. Logic -- II. Logical Assertion and the Nature of the Proposition -- 111. The Proposition as a Picture of Reality -- IV. Deductive Inference and its Justification -- Appendix -- Bibliography -- Index.
Ian Proops is at the University of Michigan
"There are many useful discussions here. Proop's account of logical constants as "operations" (10-17), his investigation of the Russellian origins of Wittgenstein's talk of the "verb" of a proposition" (33-37), and his classification of problems labeled "justification of deduction" (77-80) are especially valuable. The Philosophical Review Vol. 111, April 2002."