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The Enchantment of WordsWittgenstein's “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”$
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Denis McManus

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.001.0001

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The Picture Analogy

The Picture Analogy

(p.65) 5 The Picture Analogy
The Enchantment of Words

Denis McManus (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter presents an interpretation of Wittgenstein’s proposal that we see propositions as analogous to pictures. Thinking through this analogy in the way that Wittgenstein suggests reveals both a certain truth in his proposal that propositions and the names that make up those propositions are ‘internally related’, and a confusion in the belief that there is a substantial and philosophically interesting ‘relation’ to be found here. It is argued that the picture analogy helps us recognize ‘the illogical’ as merely the product of sign/symbol confusions, something that is not recognized by those who attempt to explain how ‘the logical’ differs from ‘the illogical’ on the basis of a substantial philosophy of thought and language.

Keywords:   the illogical, internal properties/relations, the ladder, logic, nonsense, picture, proposition, sign/symbol distinction

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