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From Frege to WittgensteinPerspectives on Early Analytic Philosophy$
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Edited by Erich H. Reck

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195133264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195133269.001.0001

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Number and Ascriptions of Number in Wittgenstein's Tractatus

Number and Ascriptions of Number in Wittgenstein's Tractatus

(p.308) 13 Number and Ascriptions of Number in Wittgenstein's Tractatus
From Frege to Wittgenstein

Juliet Floyd (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Wittgenstein's treatment of number words and arithmetic in the Tractatus reflects central features of his early conception of philosophy. In rejecting Frege's and Russell's analyses of number, Wittgenstein rejects their respective conceptions of function, object, logical form, generality, sentence, and thought. He, thereby, surrenders their shared ideal of the clarity a Begriffsschrift could bring to philosophy. The development of early analytic philosophy thus evinces far less continuity than some readers of Wittgenstein, from Russell and the Vienna positivists to many contemporary readers of the Tractatus, have supposed.

Keywords:   analytic philosophy, ascription, Begriffsschrift, Frege, function, logical form, number, Russell, Tractatus, Wittgenstein

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