Against the Psychologistic Reading of the Tractatus 3.11

Yasushi Nomura


The proposition 3.11 is a stronghold of psychologistic readings of the Tractatus. In this paper, I will deal with Norman Malcolm’s
book, Nothing Is Hidden, as a typical example of such a
reading and point out the problems that it gives rise to and like to present a
possible way of understanding the Tractatus’ framework of
views concerning language and thought in a non-psychologistic way. One of the most
important points in doing so is how to read 3.11.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; psychologistic reading; meaning; proposition; thinking

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