Wittgenstein says in the Tractates Logico-Philosophicus 1.1 'The world is the totality of facts, not of things.'. I have always been fascinated by the Tractatus, but found this bit particularly difficult. Does Wittgenstein merely mean to indicate that he wishes to use the term 'world' to mean 'the totality of facts', or is it more a statement about the nature of the world, where 'world' is pre-assumed to have some other meaning? In this case, is it possible to have a more precise idea of what this other meaning of world is, and where do 'things' come into it? Many thanks, Humphrey -sixthform student

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