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Future PastsThe Analytic Tradition in Twentieth Century Philosophy$
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Juliet Floyd and Sanford Shieh

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019513916X.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.145) 7 Number and Ascriptions of Number in Wittgenstein's Tractatus
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Juliet Floyd (Contributor Webpage)

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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:   Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, ascription, number, function, logical form, generality, begriffsschrift, analytic philosophy

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