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Facts are existent states of affairs (2) and states of affairs, in turn, are combinations of objects.
In more recent scholarship, this division has been questioned: some interpreters have claimed a unity between all stages of his thought, while others talk of a more nuanced division, adding stages such as the middle Wittgenstein and the third Wittgenstein.
It is the later Wittgenstein, mostly recognized in the , who took the more revolutionary step in critiquing all of traditional philosophy including its climax in his own early work.
The nature of his new philosophy is heralded as anti-systematic through and through, yet still conducive to genuine philosophical understanding of traditional problems.
In 1913 he returned to Austria and in 1914, at the start of World War I (1914–1918), joined the Austrian army.
He was taken captive in 1918 and spent the remaining months of the war at a prison camp.