An Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus (Wittgenstein by G. E. M. Anscombe

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By G. E. M. Anscombe

All through so much of his grownup lifestyles, Wittgenstein flirted with conversion to the Catholic religion. do not learn the Tractatus and fall into the naive capture of logical positivism. Wittgenstein used to be certainly fascinated about combating the fashionable, secular worldview and selling a spiritual one. even though he didn't explicitly recommend scripturual tales as literal fact, he was once involved to advertise a worldview during which questions on price have been taken heavily and never brushed off as unscientific superstition.

Anscombe is an effective interpreter and in a position to figuring out Wittgenstein, although now not for the lay reader.

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We may into three 'expressions': 'Every man', useful here to adopt the metaphor of structural formulae in chemistry for the structure of sentences. An expression will then sometimes correspond to what chemists call a 'radical': that is, a group of atoms which cannot by itself forma stable molecule, but which can in chemical transformations pass into another without the break-up of its own inner connection of atoms. And the fact that what compound you from one compound have depends, not only on what radicals you have, but also on how ELEMENTARY PROPOSITIONS 39 fitted together, would be a parallel to such a difference as that between 'Socrates loves Plato' and Tlato loves Socrates', or again 'Every man loves some girl' and 'Some girl loves every man'.

Reference in names, as you must for a name like 'Parliament', the connection between sense and truth-value becomes obscure. e. if comnames are somewhere bining a name and a predicate; and unless nailed to reality without the mediation of senses which hold true of objects, that relation between sentences and reality which constitutes their truth will in no way have been explained. NEGATION: 'Everyone unwise' is call the when p is false and false when p is true'. 'Everyone is not certainly true if 'Everyone is wise' is false; hence it not the negation of 'Everyone is wise'.

Now if a sentence like 'Some man has been on the Moon* is false, this is not because *has : ; been on the Moon' is false of some 41 man though if it is true, it is 42 AN INTRODUCTION TO WITTGENSTEIN'S TRACTATUS true because 'has been on the is true of some man. So, if we would be made true by the fact Moon' persist in thinking that the sentence that something holds of what the grammatical subject stands for, it turns out that its falsehood would not consist in the same thing's not holding of what the grammatical subject stands tor.

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