Harré on Hertz and the Tractatus 1

John Preston a1
a1 The Universtiy of Reading

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The literature on Heinrich Hertz’s influence on Wittgenstein goes back some way. Not all the main commentators discuss or even notice that influence, although it has been particularly emphasised by James Griffin, by Allan Janik and Stephen Toulmin, and by Leonard Goddard and Brenda Judge.

(Published Online September 18 2006)


1 I am grateful to the Arts and Humanities Research Board, an award from whose Research Leave Scheme enabled me to undertake work on Hertz’s philosophy and, for comments, to members of the audience at a conference on ‘The Tractatus and its History’ at the University of Stirling in September 2005. Quotations from Hertz are from The Principles of Mechanics, presented in a new form, trans. D.E.Jones & J.T.Walley (New York: Dover Publications, 1956). Quotations from Wittgenstein are from Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, trans. D.F.Pears & B.F.McGuinness (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961).