The Problem of Simple Objects

Eric Lemaire


The aim of the paper is to show the importance of the problem of simple objects for
the relation between conception and practice of philosophy in Wittgenstein’s works by
means of a new formulation of the problem of the status of Tractarian propositions.
The question “What does Wittgenstein’s tractarian ontology really mean when speaking
about simple objects?” is still undecided. Many answers were given, but there is no
real consensus regarding it. Solving this problem is of the utmost importance to draw
a limit to the expression of thought and identifying nonsense via the analysis of
ordinary language. The theme of nonsense is at the heart of our difficulties to
understand the baffling 6.54 section. Moreover, after he turned back to philosophy,
Wittgenstein sought to escape from the 6.54 baffling remark.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; common sense; metaphysics; particular; universal; object

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