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A note on Wittgenstein, real numbers and metaphilosophy


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WRIGLEY, M. B. A note on Wittgenstein, real numbers and metaphilosophy. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 22, n. 2, p. 561–566, 1999. Disponível em: Acesso em: 11 dez. 2023.


One of the most striking and prominent aspects of Wittgenstein’s later thought is his conception of the nature of philosophy. However, other aspects of his thought do not seem to be entirely in harmony with these meta-philosophical views. This lack of fit is especially apparent in his philosophy of mathematics. I draw attention to Wittgenstein’s views on real numbers as an especially clear case in point. I suggest a way in which we may be able to understand this tension, if not eliminate it, by  reminding ourselves of the very early origin of Wittgenstein’s views on the nature of philosophy.



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