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The Argument of the Tractatus
Its Relevance to Contemporary Theories of Logic, Language, Mind, and Philosophical Truth
The Argument of the Tractatus
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Richard McDonough - Author
SUNY series in Logic and Language
Hardcover - 311 pages
Release Date: June 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-152-4
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-152-3

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Release Date: June 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-153-2
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-153-0

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The Argument of the "Tractatus" presents a single unified interpretation of the Tractatus based on Wittgenstein's own view that the philosophy of logic is the real foundation of his philosophical system. It demonstrates that on this interpretation Wittgenstein's views are far more visionary and relevant to contemporary discussions than has been suspected. A case in point is a new interpretation of Wittgenstein's theory of meaning that is shown to illuminate the views of a series of philosophers, including Brentano, the early Russell, Chomsky, Fodor, Katz, Kripke, Malcolm, and Dummett. McDonough's interpretation sheds new light on the connection between Wittgenstein's work and the nineteenth- and twentieth-century German philosophical tradition, and it facilitates a clear resolution of the controversy over the relation between Wittgenstein's own early and later philosophies.

The Argument of the "Tractatus" is an excellent introduction to the field of twentieth-century analytical philosophy. It treats a wide range of authors and topics, including the foundations of logic, the theory of meaning, the disputes concerning atomistic versus holistic conceptions of language, the nature of the mental, the foundations of psycho-linguistics, the theory of communication, and the nature of philosophical systems.

"This is a remarkable study of the Tractatus. It provides a completely new insight into the structure of that baffling work." -- Norman Malcolm

Richard M. McDonough is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the National University of Singapore.

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Translator's Foreword

The Events of the Year 64 (cont'd) (683/684)

The Caliphate of Mu`awiyah b. Yazid
`Ubaydallah b. Ziyad and the People of al-Basrah Following the Death of Yazid
The Deposition of `Amr b. Hurayth by the People ofal-Kufah and Their Appointment of `Amir b. Mas`ud as Governor over Them
The Rendering of Allegiance to Marwan b. al-Hakamin Syria
The Battle at Marj Rahit. between al-Dahhak b. Qaysand Marwan b. al-Hakam and Its Immediate Consequences
The Disturbances in Khurasan Associated with`Abdallah b. Khazim
The Beginnings of the Movement of the Penitents (al-Tawwabun) in al-Kufah
The End of the Kharijites' Support for `Abdallah in Mecca and the Dissensions among Them
The Arrival of al-Mukhtar in al-Kufah
Ibn al-Zubayr's Demolition of the Ka`bah

The Events of the Year 65 (684/685)

The Departure of the Penitents from al-Kufah and Their Destruction by the Syrian Army at the Battle of `Ayn al-Wardah
Marwan's Designation of His Two Sons `Abd al-Malikand `Abd al-`Aziz as His Heirs Apparent
The Death of Marwan
The Failure of the Syrian Expedition against Medina
The Plague of al-Jarif in al-Basrah
The Threat to al-Basrah from Nafi` b. al-Azraq and the Kharijites and al-Muhallab b. Abi Sufrah's Victory over Them
Ibn al-Zubayr's Dismissal and Appointment of Governors in al-Kufah and Medina
Ibn al-Zubayr's Rebuilding of the Ka`bah
The Continuation of Tribal Warfare in Khurasanunder `Abdallah b. Khazim

The Events of the Year 66 (685/686)

Al-Mukhtar's Revolutionary Movement in al-Kufah and His Appeal to the Shi`ah There

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