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ABSTRACT. Integrating the technical aspects of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus with his apparent endorsement of solipsism is no small task. Recently Pete Mandik has presented an analysis of Wittgenstein’s Picture Theory of Meaning that allows for such an integration. We will argue, however, that some key aspects of Mandik’s interpretation do not fit the text. In addressing these issues we will offer a different interpretation of Wittgenstein’s remarks on solipsism and their relation to his picture theory of meaning. On our view the representation relation (between picture and pictured, if you will) is not a purely formal one. Instead it is essentially tied to the activity of people as representers, i.e. as using some facts to represent others. Our interpretation suggests some lines of continuity between the Tractatus and Wittgenstein’s later thought. (pp. 30–43)

 

CHUCK WARD
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Millersville University of Pennsylvania
MATTHEW P. JOHNSON
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