The Early Wittgenstein on Metaphysics, Natural Science, Language and Value
By Chon Tejedor
Routledge – 2014 – 200 pages
In this book, Tejedor examines Wittgenstein’s early work on language, metaphysics, the natural sciences, and value, and advances an original reading of the role of solipsism, the principles of science and ethics in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Tejedor argues that some of the central questions in the New Wittgenstein Debate—notably, questions relating to the method of the Tractatus and to Wittgenstein’s approach to nonsense—cannot be resolved by considering Wittgenstein’s remarks on logic and language alone, but require a broader mode of inquiry: one that includes his treatment of metaphysics, of the natural sciences, and of value. More specifically, she argues that Wittgenstein’s approach only comes into full focus through a recontextualization of his remarks on solipsism, the mind and the self, inference, and causation, and his treatment of religion and ethics.
Introduction: Wittgenstein’s Influences and the Status of the Tractatus 1. An Essence to Logical Representation 2. Dissolving the Subject: Solipsism, Mind and Self 3. Psychology, Philosophy and the Mechanistic Approach of Metaphysics 4. Causation and the Principles of the Natural Sciences 5. On the Relative Position of Logic, Science and Natural Languages 6. The Ethical Purpose of the Tractatus. Conclusion: Method and Continuity in Wittgenstein’s Philosophy
Chon Tejedor is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Oxford, and author of Starting with Wittgenstein (2011).