Two Kantian Issues within Wittgenstein’s Tractatus: Autonomy of the Will and Duty


  • Ingrid BASSO Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore



Autonomy, Causality, Duty, Ethics, Freedom, Logic, Moral, Necessity, Obligation, Will.


The aim of the article is to analyze Wittgenstein’s Tractatus starting from proposition 6.422, which deals with the question of moral duty in the form of the categorical imperative, “Thou shalt”, in the light of Kant’s doctrine of the autonomy of the will. It focuses especially on three Kantian assumptions: the idea of the will as the only foundation of obligation, the idea of a non-empirical subject of the will, and the inseparability between the idea of freedom and the concept of autonomy. These assumptions will be considered in comparison with Wittgenstein’s treatment of the problem of causality within the frame of the picture theory and the idea of a metaphysical subject as bearer of values.


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Biografia do Autor

Ingrid BASSO, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

associate professor in Theoretical Philosophy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She has conducted research abroad at the Søren Kierkegaard Forskningscenter at the University of Copenhagen and the Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Her research focused on Søren Kierkegaard’s thought in relation to the crisis of German Idealism, particularly the relationship between Kierkegaard and the philosophy of the latest Schelling. Among her publications: the Italian critical edition of S. Kierkegaard, Appunti delle lezioni berlinesi di Schelling sulla Filosofia della Rivelazione [1841-1842], Bompiani, Milano 2008, and F.G. Howitz, Su follia e imputabilità. Un contributo alla psicologia e al diritto, Mimesis, Milano 2017. She has also translated into Italian the unpublished Kierkegaardian work Polemica contro Heiberg. Un piccolo annesso di Constantin Constantius autore di “La ripetizione”, ETS, Pisa 2020. Her monographs include Kierkegaard uditore di Schelling. Tracce della filosofia schellinghiana nell’opera di Søren Kierkegaard, Mimesis, Milano 2007, and Søren Kierkegaard e la metafisica di Aristotele. Un percorso di lettura, AlboVersorio, Milano 2015, Verità e storia in Søren Kierkegaard, Guida, Napoli 2019. She has been visiting professor at Bergische Universität Wuppertal (2017) and the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (2019). In her collaboration with various publishing houses, she works as a literary translator from Danish and Norwegian.Inizio modulo.




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BASSO, I. (2024). Two Kantian Issues within Wittgenstein’s Tractatus: Autonomy of the Will and Duty . Estudos Kantianos [EK], 11(2), 125.



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