Early elucidating language logic philosophy tractatus wittgensteins

Originally, there were two commonly recognized stages of Wittgenstein’s thought—the early and the later—both of which were taken to be pivotal in their respective periods.

In more recent scholarship, this division has been questioned: some interpreters have claimed a unity between all stages of his thought, while others talk of a more nuanced division, adding stages such as the middle Wittgenstein and the third Wittgenstein.

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.

“Objects are simple” ( 2.02) but objects can fit together in various determinate ways.It is the later Wittgenstein, mostly recognized in the , who took the more revolutionary step in critiquing all of traditional philosophy including its climax in his own early work.The nature of his new philosophy is heralded as anti-systematic through and through, yet still conducive to genuine philosophical understanding of traditional problems.In 1913 he returned to Austria and in 1914, at the start of World War I (1914–1918), joined the Austrian army.He was taken captive in 1918 and spent the remaining months of the war at a prison camp.

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