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Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic$
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Michael Potter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215836

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215836.001.0001

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Complex and fact

Complex and fact

(p.102) Chapter 11 Complex and fact
Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic

Michael Potter (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The distinction between complex and fact is easily stated. A complex is an arrangement of things; that they are arranged in this way is a fact. A complex is thus something we can refer to by means of a description; we specify a fact, on the other hand, by means of a ‘that’ clause. This chapter argues that this distinction is one of the most important in Wittgenstein's philosophy and that it pervades the Notes on Logic.

Keywords:   facts, influences, Russell, Wittgenstein

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