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p. 564. Are there limits to what we can say or think?locked

  • Michael Beaney

Abstract

‘Are there limits to what we can say and think?’ considers the possible limits of our language and whether we can have thoughts that outstrip our ability to say what they are. It introduces Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951), arguably the greatest philosopher of the 20th century, and his publication, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), which describes his philosophical ideas. The paradox of inference is discussed along with how Wittgenstein distinguishes between senselessness and nonsense. It concludes that there are indeed limits to what we can say or think, and while there may be difficulties in saying what they are, they can certainly be shown by carefully elucidating the complex workings of language.

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