Representation and Reality in Wittgenstein's Tractatus

2016.02.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews José L. Zalabardo, Representation and Reality in Wittgenstein's Tractatus, Oxford University Press, 2015, 263pp., $74.00 (hbk),
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2016.02.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews José L. Zalabardo, Representation and Reality in Wittgenstein's Tractatus, Oxford University Press, 2015, 263pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198743941. Reviewed by Jinho Kang, Seoul National University José L. Zalabardo's book provides a rich and stimulating interpretation of Wittgenstein's central doctrines in the Tractatus about the nature of representation and the structure of reality. As is well known, the Tractatus raises peculiar difficulties for an attempt to spell out its "doctrines", for Wittgenstein notoriously declares toward the end of the book that anyone who understands him will eventually recognize its statements as nonsensical (6.54). Zalabardo is well aware of the problems raised by 6.54 and of the debates between traditional readers, who have tended to downplay the supposed nonsensicality of the Tractarian statements, and more recent "resolute" readers who have taken it seriously and attempted. . .

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