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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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The picture theory

The picture theory

(p.224) Chapter 26 The picture theory
Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic

Michael Potter (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Everyone who writes about the Tractatus agrees that the picture theory is one of its central themes, but there is less agreement about just what is meant by the ‘picture theory’. Some use the phrase very broadly as a sort of catch-all for the logical doctrines of the book; others much more narrowly for the specific proposal that propositions are pictures of reality. The question whether the picture theory is already present in the Notes is correspondingly ambiguous. This chapter pieces together the various elements that make up Wittgenstein's semantic theory in an attempt to disambiguate this question.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein, Tractatus, semantic theory, picture analogy, truth, identity theory

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