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The Mystical in Wittgenstein's Early Writings

By James Atkinson

© 2009 – Routledge

158 pages

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About the Book

The aim of this book is to consider what reasonably follows from the hypothesis that the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus can be interpreted from a mystical point of view. Atkinson intends to elucidate Wittgenstein’s thoughts on the mystical in his early writings as they pertain to a number of topics such as, God, the meaning of life, reality, the eternal and the solipsistic self.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Self-subsistence and Method

Chapter 2: What cannot be put into Words, Method and Mysticism

Chapter 3: Language, Method and Mysticism

Chapter 4: Showing and Wittgenstein’s Two Objections to Russell’s

Theory of Types

Chapter 5: Two Senses of Showing

Chapter 6: The Mystical and Showing

Chapter 7: Time and The Mystical

Chapter 8: Mysticism and the Problems of Philosophy

Chapter 9: Nonsense and Two Interpretations of the Tractatus

Chapter 10: Metaphysics and the Mystical

Chapter 11: The Mystical and the Meaning of Life

Conclusion: Silence



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Studies in Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body