Early elucidating language logic philosophy tractatus wittgensteins

The states of affairs which do exist could have been otherwise.

This means that states of affairs are either actual (existent) or possible.

Upon Frege’s advice, in 1911 he went to Cambridge to study with Bertrand Russell.

Russell wrote, upon meeting Wittgenstein: “An unknown German appeared …

It was during the war that he wrote the notes and drafts of his first important work, ), gave away his part of his family’s fortune and pursued several ‘professions’ (gardener, teacher, architect, etc.) in and around Vienna. Coming out of Wittgenstein’s , written in 1914–16, and further correspondence with Russell, Moore and Keynes, and showing Schopenhauerian and other cultural influences, it evolved as a continuation of and reaction to Russell and Frege’s conceptions of logic and language.

It was only in 1929 that he returned to Cambridge to resume his philosophical vocation, after having been exposed to discussions on the philosophy of mathematics and science with members of the Vienna Circle, whose conception of logical empiricism was indebted to his account of logic as tautologous, and his philosophy as concerned with logical syntax. Russell supplied an introduction to the book claiming that it “certainly deserves …

Thus, states of affairs, being comprised of objects in combination, are inherently complex.

Still, it is commonly acknowledged that the early Wittgenstein is epitomized in his .

By showing the application of modern logic to metaphysics, via language, he provided new insights into the relations between world, thought and language and thereby into the nature of philosophy.

Considered by some to be the greatest philosopher of the 20th century, Ludwig Wittgenstein played a central, if controversial, role in 20th-century analytic philosophy.

He continues to influence current philosophical thought in topics as diverse as logic and language, perception and intention, ethics and religion, aesthetics and culture.

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