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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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(p.109) Chapter 12 Forms
Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic

Michael Potter (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

At the centre of Wittgenstein's project was the task of explaining the unity of the proposition. In his letter of January 1913 he began to move away from an analysis of propositions as complexes united by a copula —, and adopted the Fregean idea that the unity is to be explained not by a pure copula but by one of the meaning-contributing components of the proposition. However, the way in which he implemented this Fregean idea was still Russellian. As a result, it is hardly a position that could have satisfied him for long. This chapter discusses form as name, form as function, the form of a fact, the unity of the proposition, and the symbolic turn.

Keywords:   form, name, function, fact, proposition, symbolic turn, Wittgenstein, Russell, Frege

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