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: Wolfgang Heuer
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2020 14:40
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2020 14:40

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