Language as a Geometry in Wittgenstein"s Tractatus

Cheung, Leo K. C. (2003) Language as a Geometry in Wittgenstein"s Tractatus. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 91-93.


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In TLP 4.011, while admitting that propositions expressed by the phonetic notation, or the alphabet, just like the written notes of a piece of music, do not seem at first sight to be pictures of what they represent, the Tractatus insists that those "sign-languages" (that is, the phonetic notation and the written musical notes) prove to be pictures of what they represent (that is, our speech and the piece of music, respectively) "even in the ordinary sense". (TLP 4.016 also says that "alphabetic script developed out of [hieroglyphic script] without losing what was essential to depiction".) So, contrary to the view of some commentators (e.g. Pears 1987, 115-121), instead of making an analogy here, the Tractatus holds that a proposition is a picture literally. How can a proposition be a picture literally?

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bildhaftigkeit; Generalization; Erlanger Programm; Tractatus Logico Philosophicus; Russel, B.; Wittgenstein, L.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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