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Отменил ли Витгенштейн философию? (Лабиринт ненаписанной части Логико-философского трактата)

Vox. Философский журнал. 2013. № 15. С. 1-38.

Is philosophy the doctrine about “the Highest”? It is well known that Wittgenstein did not think so. He mentioned once, that if a real book about “the Highest” were possible, it “would, with an explosion, destroy all the other books in the world”. In this paper, I take the risk and try to reconstruct this impossible and explosive book using some aphoristic allusions of Tractatus. From what it was possible to collect follows rather unexpected answer to our first question about philosophy: yes and no. Yes, because it seems to be evident, that every philosophical doctrine express some value and values are associated with “the Highest”. No, because every value expressed in philosophical doctrines is deeply personal and none of them is about “the Highest-in-itself”. If we take “the Highest” as something indifferent to personal values and attitudes to the world, it is indeed unattainable because its unattainability is necessary condition for philosophy and life itself to be possible.