Whereof one cannot speak? Reading the Tractatus

Adam DICKERSON

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Abstract

This paper discusses the concluding remarks of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. It argues that those remarks specify the task for the readers of this strange text: to overcome the illusion of sense that the propositions of the book possess, and win through to a recognition that those propositions are in fact nonsensical. In order to achieve this recognition, the text demands that its readers undergo an ethical transformation. For to recognise ‘philosophical theorising’ as nonsensical is to cease approaching the world in a spirit of dissatisfaction and alienation from one’s own life with language. In this way, the text proposes that those who can ‘win out over’ its propositions, will come to ‘see the world rightly’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013
EditorsShane Strange, Kay Rozynski
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherThe Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9780980757378
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventThe Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers: 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013 - Canberra, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201327 Nov 2013
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ConferenceThe Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers
Abbreviated titleAAWP 2013
CountryAustralia
CityCanberra
Period25/11/1327/11/13
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DICKERSON, A. (2013). Whereof one cannot speak? Reading the Tractatus. In S. Strange, & K. Rozynski (Eds.), The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013 (Vol. 1, pp. 1-11). Canberra: The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).
DICKERSON, Adam. / Whereof one cannot speak? Reading the Tractatus. The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013. editor / Shane Strange ; Kay Rozynski. Vol. 1 Canberra : The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), 2013. pp. 1-11
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DICKERSON, A 2013, Whereof one cannot speak? Reading the Tractatus. in S Strange & K Rozynski (eds), The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013. vol. 1, The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), Canberra, pp. 1-11, The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers, Canberra, Australia, 25/11/13.

Whereof one cannot speak? Reading the Tractatus. / DICKERSON, Adam.

The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013. ed. / Shane Strange; Kay Rozynski. Vol. 1 Canberra : The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), 2013. p. 1-11.

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DICKERSON A. Whereof one cannot speak? Reading the Tractatus. In Strange S, Rozynski K, editors, The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013. Vol. 1. Canberra: The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). 2013. p. 1-11