Acta Analytica

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 255–266 | Cite as

A Significant ‘False Perception’ of Wittgenstein’s Draft on Mind’s Eye

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Abstract

If we read the Tractatus logico-philosophicus according to the decimal numbering of its propositions, we may understand, finally, the section about the self and the limits of language and world. Proposition 5.64 follows 5.63 (not 5.634); 5.634 follows 5.633 (not 5.6331); and so on. Thus, it becomes clear that the picture of the visual field (TLP 5.6331) cannot be what scholars have always quoted and discussed, i.e. a draft of an eye inside its field of sight. Actually, Wittgenstein’s original drafts depict (to criticise it) the ordinary way of representing the visual field. Following him, the field of vision is ‘without limits’; it does not have a form that implies the existence of an eye, as far as the phenomenological experience does not have a form that implies the existence of an ‘I’. As a result, the current reproductions of the 5.6331 image must be rectified, and all references to this similitude should be radically amended.

Keywords

Tractatus logico-philosophicus Tree-like structure Solipsism Form of the visual field TLP 5.6331 Self problem 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Siena (Italy)SienaItaly
  2. 2.LuccaItaly

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