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The Maze, the Tree and the Ladder. On the Form of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus
Journal Title: PARADIGMI 
Author/s: Daniele Mezzadri 
Year:  2012 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  16 Pg. 175-190 FullText PDF:  125 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PARA2012-003010
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This paper presents and discusses some recent interpretations of the form of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. Borutti (2010) interprets the Tractatus as a sort of maze, where all propositions - far from leading to a single conclusion - represent different paths and (intersecting) ways of elucidating the essence of language and reality. Bazzocchi (2010), by contrast, describes the Tractatus as having a tree-like structure, its main propositions being the roots of the tree and the decimal ones branches and leaves, different levels of comment on the main propositions. On the view advocated by Diamond and Conant (2010), the Tractatus has a ladder structure (where its propositions are rungs) through which it guides its reader to get rid of philosophical confusions. The paper finally briefly discusses how these readings deal with the question of Tractarian nonsense.
Keywords:  Ladder, Maze, Nonsense, Tractatus, Tree, Wittgenstein

Daniele Mezzadri, The Maze, the Tree and the Ladder. On the Form of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus in "PARADIGMI" 3/2012, pp. 175-190, DOI:10.3280/PARA2012-003010


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