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Truth, Reality and Temporality: Tractarian Visions

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Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus sketches a formal view of language, reality and truth. On this account, the work only offers a purely abstract picture of the world. Wittgenstein makes clear that in order to explain the sense and the truth of our propositions we have to appeal to notions like ostension (showing) and verification. From this perspective, it turns out that everything we say is one way or another verified in the present. In particular, our past-tense propositions are verified now, i.e., in the present. Thus Wittgenstein links his formal ontology, his Picture Theory and what I refer to as his 'logical theory of truth' with an appealing solipsistic stance. From this perspective, temporality just vanishes as a feature of reality. It is always now that the world is the totality of facts.

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