A Note on the Late Wittgenstein"s Use of the Picture Concept

Westergaard, Peter K. (2003) A Note on the Late Wittgenstein"s Use of the Picture Concept. In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 371-373.


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In the following I wish to draw your attention to two related ideas that occur in Wittgenstein"s later writings. In making this emphasis I am at the same time claiming a certain continuity in Wittgenstein"s thought – a continuity of a quite particular kind. The argument that I shall present in the following can be summarised under three points: 1. in both his early and his late writings, Wittgenstein makes a natural-historical claim that, as humans, we are picturecreating and picture-using creatures; 2. the crucial analogy between the picture and the sentence that appears in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is retained in Wittgenstein"s later descriptions of language; and 3. the use of this analogy serves two diametrically opposed purposes when considered in relation to religious language, whereby the earlier use determines the propositions of natural science and delimits these from religious propositions, and the later use of the analogy provides the impetus for a grammatical investigation of religious language and religious beliefs.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: picture-using creatur; picture; religious languge; Wittgenstein, L.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Logik, analytische Philosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2008 08:32
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1761

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