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Thursday, August 2nd, 2007



The Solipsist

Originally uploaded by Pete Mandik

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.

The Solipsist

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006



The Solipsist

Originally uploaded by Pete Mandik.

My paper, “Picturing, Showing, and Solipsism in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. ” is up on my website. Excerpt:

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 aboutness is equivalent to resemblance. I interpret the distinction between showing and saying as a distinction between two different ways that facts can manifest intentionality (aboutness). It is only with this construal of the distinction in hand that Wittgenstein’s remarks on solipsism can be properly understood.