On the Austere Conception of Nonsense

Bengtsson, Gisela (2002) On the Austere Conception of Nonsense. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 25-27.


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The Tractatus is a book that presents a dilemma to its reader. The dilemma can be described briefly in the following manner: what is written in the Tractatus will appear possible to understand to a careful reader. But at the end of the book, in 6.54, the author declares that "his propositions� are to be recognized as nonsensical. The reader who thinks that he has reached a reasonable understanding of the Tractatus is thus left with the realization that he has in fact failed in his attempts to do so. Put in an even more compact manner: although the Tractatus might seem possible to understand, we are not supposed to be able to, according to its author. One way of dealing with the dilemma is to try to make nonsense into something more than just plain nonsense. It can be done by amending the ordinary meaning of the term "nonsense� in such a way that understanding and gaining insight from the nonsense of the Tractatus does not represent any direct conflict with Wittgenstein"s statement in 6.54.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nonsense; Tractatus; Statement 6.54; Wittgenstein L.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Logik, analytische Philosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:51
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1354

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