Michael Potter

in Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199215836
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721243 | DOI:

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This chapter reflects on the lesson learned about Wittgenstein's way of working and of thinking, about the influences on and of his work, and about how the Notes influenced the Tractatus itself. Russell thought Wittgenstein's ideas in the Notes were ‘as good as anything that has ever been done in logic’, and devoted considerable time and effort to coaxing those ideas onto paper in the form of the Cambridge Notes, to translating the Birmingham Notes into English, and then to bringing the views both sets of notes contain to wider attention at Harvard and in London. But however persuaded Russell was by the details of Wittgenstein's conception, most of the underlying principles which guided it were so far from Russell's way of thinking that he never quite understood what they were. These guiding principles Wittgenstein owed to Frege, not to Russell.

Keywords: Wittgenstein; Russell; Frege; Notes; Tractatus

Chapter.  6613 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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