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McGinn I 115
Magical theories rather play a subliminal role than an official role: approaches to Wittgenstein: A philosophical contemplation (The brown book, 263 ff): one could almost imagine that the naming was performed by a strange sacramental act, and that this is a magical relationship between the name and the thing.
It is a common theme in Wittgenstein, that meaning triggers strange and occult ideas,
The Tractatus is rather a place for magic ideas, of which Wittgenstein moves away later.
Wittgenstein III 133
Philosophy/Wittgenstein: thesis: the most important of philosophy is to distinguish the meaningful and logically sayable from the unspeakable. What can be said is unimportant to human existence. The mystical is not what the world is, but that it is!
VII 21
Showing/Saying/Tractatus/Tetens: Wittgenstein refuses to say that there is nothing that cannot be meaningfully described.
Solution/Tractatus: there is "inexpressible" that "shows itself". This is the "mystical" (> Tractatus 6.522).
VII 25
Whole/World/Tractatus/Tetens: the expression "the whole reality" means the world "within the limits of my language". This can be logically displayed in a meaningful way. The rest is not nothing, but can only be shown.
Whole/Tractatus: "the feeling of the world as a limited whole is the mystical" (6.45).
VI 106
Golden Bough/Frazer/Wittgenstein/SchulteVsFrazer: the book suffers from the weakness of presenting ritual and magical customs as if they were based on pseudo-scientific theories.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

W II
L. Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein’s Lectures 1930-32, from the notes of John King and Desmond Lee, Oxford 1980
German Edition:
Vorlesungen 1930-35 Frankfurt 1989

W III
L. Wittgenstein
The Blue and Brown Books (BB), Oxford 1958
German Edition:
Das Blaue Buch - Eine Philosophische Betrachtung Frankfurt 1984

W IV
L. Wittgenstein
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (TLP), 1922, C.K. Ogden (trans.), London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Originally published as “Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung”, in Annalen der Naturphilosophische, XIV (3/4), 1921.
German Edition:
Tractatus logico-philosophicus Frankfurt/M 1960

McGinn I
Colin McGinn
Problems in Philosophy. The Limits of Inquiry, Cambridge/MA 1993
German Edition:
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996

McGinn II
C. McGinn
The Mysteriouy Flame. Conscious Minds in a Material World, New York 1999
German Edition:
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001

W IV
L. Wittgenstein
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (TLP), 1922, C.K. Ogden (trans.), London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Originally published as “Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung”, in Annalen der Naturphilosophische, XIV (3/4), 1921.
German Edition:
Tractatus logico-philosophicus Frankfurt/M 1960


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