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Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies$
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P. M. S Hacker

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245697

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019924569X.001.0001

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On Carnap's Elimination of Metaphysics

On Carnap's Elimination of Metaphysics

(p.324) 12 On Carnap's Elimination of Metaphysics
Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

P. M. S Hacker

Oxford University Press

Carnap’s 1931–2 paper ‘The Elimination of Metaphysics through the Logical Analysis of Language’ is surveyed, and Carnap’s criticisms of metaphysics are elucidated. The relationship between Carnap’s views and the critique of metaphysics of the Tractatus is described. Carnap’s criticisms of metaphysics are compared with Wittgenstein’s later critique of metaphysics.

Keywords:   grammatical propositions, metaphysics, necessary truth, norms of representation, R. Carnap, Tractatus, Vienna Circle

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