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The Great Mirror: An Essay on Wittgenstein's Tractatus

R.C. Pradhan (Author)
Synopsis This book proposes to examine the centraldoctrines of Wittgenstein's Tractatus from a transcendental point of view.  Wittgenstein has been treated for long as an empiricist and positivist thinker.  This has resulted in a total distortion of Wittgenstein's philosophy in the Tractatus.  I have tried to rectify the distortion by showing that Wittgenstein has argued for a transcendental point of view which sets the limits of language and scientific thought.  Wittgenstein does not take the scientific way of understanding reality as fundamental to philosophy, because science does not represent the whole of reality.  Philosophy, according to him, sets limits to science and scientific thought and allows for religion and ethics which introduce the higher realms of thought not expressible in scientific language.  Hence, Wittgenstein’s plea for the Transcendental and the Mystical.  The book brings Wittgenstein's thought closer to that of the Vedant by showing that Wittgenstein echoes the Vedantic idea that the ultimate reality is beyond language and intellect.
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About the author

R.C. Pradhan

Ramesh Chandra Pradhan, Ph.D., presently member-secretary of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, specializes in philosophy of language and meaning with particular reference to Wittgenstein. He is credited with authoring scholarly works on the subject, namely, Language and Experience: An Interpretation of the Later Philosophy of Wittgenstein; Truth, Meaning and Understanding; and Philosophy of Meaning and Representation.

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Title The Great Mirror: An Essay on Wittgenstein's Tractatus
Author R.C. Pradhan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Kalki Prakash
Language: English
isbn 8121511801
length xxii+403p., Bibliography; Index; 26cm.