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Die Ethik des frühen Wittgenstein – Eine Annäherung aus kantischer Perspektive

From the book Aesthetics Today
Andrea Wilke


Ethics in the Early Wittgenstein-An Approach from a Kantian Point of View. My thesis is that Wittgenstein was not only „tempted“ to use expressions like „the absolute good“ as he wrote so carefully inhis lecture on Ethics (LE 1965: 7).On the contrary I want to show that it is possible to infer a precise definition of the good in his Tractatus, and that this is possible in spite of his thesis of the unspeakability of Ethics. For this purpose Iwant to connect his early philosophywith some of Kant’s ideas. First, I would like to show that for bothof them all theoretical philosophy turns out to be a practical venture in so far as it is impossible for the human mind to grasp such entities as the Platonic idea of the good, and that for this reason the human mind has to set such norms autonomously. Second, Iwould like to show that according to both of them this finite definition of the good can only be done throughout the social environment the human mind is embedded in, so that all theoretical philosophy is not only practically but also aesthetically based.

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