Wittgenstein and the difficulty of rejecting metaphysics

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This essay discusses the difficulty of rejecting metaphysics from the point of view of Wittgenstein’s philosophy. I address this issue first in relation to the Tractatus and Wittgenstein’s later account of his early failure and the continuity and discontinuity of his philosophy, and finally in light of what Wittgenstein says about the difficulty of rejecting metaphysics in his later philosophy. I conclude with a discussion of how the truth of grammatical remarks differs from the truth of empirical and metaphysical theses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 44th Wittgenstein Symposium
EditorsFriedrich Stadtler, Alois Pichler
PublisherDe Gruyter
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 2024


  • Wittgenstein
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophical method

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