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How Original a Work is the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus?

Goldstein, Laurence (2002) How Original a Work is the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus? Philosophy, 77 (301). pp. 421-446. ISSN 0031-8191. (doi:10.1017/S0031819102000372) (KAR id:8330)


I published in Philosophy a play re-creating Wittgenstein's viva. Although the play is based on the historical 1929 viva, in this recreation, Wittgenstein receives a proper grilling from his examiners, Bertrand Russell and G.E.Moore, and they end up failing him for insufficient defence of the main theses of the work and for lack of originality. The play came in for some foolish and dishonest criticism by Michael Cohen and, in this paper, I respond to that but, more importantly, illustrate the originality of Wittgenstein's later work by contrasting that with the Tractatus, much of which was derivative.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0031819102000372
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Laurence Goldstein
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2008 09:48 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:46 UTC
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