On Wittgenstein’s and Carnap’s conceptions of the dissolution of philosophical problems, and against a therapeutic mix: How to solve the paradox of the Tractatus

Kuusela, Oskari ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9345-9499 (2019) On Wittgenstein’s and Carnap’s conceptions of the dissolution of philosophical problems, and against a therapeutic mix: How to solve the paradox of the Tractatus. Philosophical Investigations, 42 (3). pp. 213-240. ISSN 0190-0536

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Abstract

In this article, I distinguish Wittgenstein's conception of the dissolution of philosophical problems from that of Carnap. I argue that the conception of dissolution assumed by the therapeutic interpretations of the Tractatus is more similar to Carnap's than to Wittgenstein's for whom dissolution involves spelling out an alternative in the context of which relevant problems do not arise. To clarify this I outline a non‐therapeutic resolute reading of the Tractatus that explains how Wittgenstein thought to be able to make a positive contribution to logic and the philosophy thereof without putting forward any (ineffable) theses. This explains why there is no paradox in the Tractatus.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 19:36
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69276
DOI: 10.1111/phin.12227

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