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Thus, if matter is wholly constructed out of any such directly experienceable stuff, there will be nothing in it which will not be empirically verifiable. " This, then, is the view that Wittgenstein had embraced by 1916. In the present chapter my aim is to sketch in the main features of this view and to show, by quoting from both the Tractatus and his later writings, how Wittgenstein's remarks bear the stamp of neutral monism. The two most important features of neutral monism were developed by Berkeley (the elimination of matter3) and Hume (the elimination of the self as an entity4), but the neutral monists made significant additions.

48). 19 In reviewing Wittgenstein's options, then, there are various things we can rule out: the Lockean view of perception, the dualistic view of 'common sense,' and the idea that philosophers must content themselves with inventing logical constructions. What can we rule in? In Wittgenstein's pre-Tractatus notebooks there is a group of remarks, dated 1 May, 1915, in which Wittgenstein contrasts his own views with Russell's. The most significant of these are the following: Scepticism is not irrefutable, but obvious nonsense if it tries to doubt where no question can be asked.

H. Bradley. " Wittgenstein in his pre-Tractatus notebooks said something similar: "All experience is world and does not need the subject" (NB, p. 89). This is an explicit affirmation of neutral monism, although Wittgenstein, in his notebooks, calls it "realism" (NB, p. 6 Mach also states his position by saying: " . . we do not find the [alleged] gap between bodies and sensations . . , between what is without and what is within, between the material world and the spiritual world,"7 and goes on to say: "I see .

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