An Inquiry into an Inquiry into the Theories in the Tractatus
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Originally, I had been prepared to simply accept this quirk of Pears' book and just to use the book as a means of entrance into the original on the way to writing another paper of a very different kind. However, after many rereadings of both Pears' book and the corresponding works by Wittgenstein, I found that the, at first not so apparent, unclarity in Pears' work was ever more intensively reflected in my own. I, too, tended to make grand claims and lay down eloquently developed descriptions and explanations, without really being able to pin my work down point-for-point to Wittgenstein's books. Then, going back to Pears to see where I was going wrong with my little treatise, I was repeatedly faced with the unsettling experience which could be put into words something like this: "Yes, I'm sure that's right. But where does it come from? Where does Wittgenstein say just that?" Finally at the limit of my exasperation, I decided to go through Pears' work, page-by-page, finding the places in Wittgenstein's original texts which could be used to support Pears' assertions, more or less supplying the missing footnotes. As this project, a much more formidable task than it at first seemed to be, neared completion, it appeared more and more reasonable that it, together with some spin-off insights of my own, could be the basis for a paper in its own right and not just the means to constructing my originally-planned paper, which in any case threatened, in view of these complications to reach the proportions of a very large book. I have now acted upon this idea. What I present here is not all of what I found out during my work - the notes alone extend over some thirty pages, each of which has on average yielded 3 to 5 pages of typed material for this paper. I have only included what I found most interesting. I hope it can be of some use to the reader.
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