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What Does it Take to Climb a Ladder? (A Sideways Approach)

Mauro Luiz Engelmann

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The aim of this paper is to show that “traditional” and “resolute” interpretations have not freed the Tractatus from the apparent paradoxical self-defeat: if its sentences are true, they are nonsense, but if they are nonsense, they are not true. Those readings give only a new clothing to it. On the one hand, Hacker’s “traditional” reading commits the Tractatus to a metaphysical conspiracy, which is incompatible with the aims of the book. On the other hand, the “resolute” reading of Diamond/Conant does not account for the complexity of the book and commits Wittgenstein to an authorial conspiracy, which contradicts his views on authorship. Grounded in the difficulties found in both sides of the current debate, I conclude this paper with the introduction of requirements that any interpretation of the Tractatus should fulfill.


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