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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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Sign and symbol

Sign and symbol

(p.209) Chapter 24 Sign and symbol
Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic

Michael Potter (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Wittgenstein's understanding of the notion of a symbol was placed at the very centre of his conception of logic as soon as he took the symbolic turn described in Chapter 6. By characterizing a simple object as what is expressed by a simple symbol, he committed himself to a conception of symbols quite different from the signs that routinely confront us on the page. In this he was to some extent following Russell, whose conception of simplicity committed him to the view that hardly anything which counts grammatically as a proper name is logically such. In other respects, however, Wittgenstein's conception of symbols owes much more to Frege's notion of sense. This chapter explores this conception, both in the form that is implicit in the Notes and in Wittgenstein's development of it in the Tractatus.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein, symbols, signs, Frege, sense

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