I’m blowing the dust off of this puppy and giving it a new coat of shellac:
Picturing, Showing, and Solipsism in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. [link to draft]
In this paper I attempt to show how Wittgenstein’s Tractatarian views on solipsism follow from a certain construal and elaboration of the picture theory of intentionality. I do this by first reconstructing Wittgenstein’s famous distinction between showing and saying in terms of the key notion of the picture theory: that intentionality is equivalent to resemblance. I interpret the distinction between showing and saying as a distinction between two different ways that facts can manifest intentionality. It is only with this construal of the distinction in hand that Wittgenstein’s remarks on solipsism can be properly understood.