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Groundlessness in the Tractatus

  • Maria Balaska
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Abstract

In this chapter I approach Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus as a story about the groundlessness of meaning. More specifically, I discuss how the Tractatus addresses the temptation to avoid the groundlessness of meaning through the idea that meaning can be grounded a priori, before experience, either on objects as empty conditions of sense or on logical syntax. I argue that Wittgenstein’s work offers, instead, an anti-aprioristic view on how signification works that leaves meaning to the use of language and to the application (Anwendung) of logic.

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  • Maria Balaska
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  1. 1.University of HertfordshireHertfordshireUK

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