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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 Supposed ‘Con‐formity’ of Language and World

The Supposed ‘Con‐formity’ of Language and World

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(p.90) 7 The Supposed ‘Con‐formity’ of Language and World
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The Enchantment of Words
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Denis McManus (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.003.0007

Guided by the picture analogy, this chapter explores further how we succumb to the illusion that a con-formity between language and world underpins meaningful language use. It is argued that this illusion emerges as a result of our both having adopted particular ‘methods of comparison’ and failing to recognize that very adoption; certain equivocations over what we mean by ‘objects’ and ‘names’ — in other words, yet more sign/symbol conflations — serve to disguise this confusion, and hence, to conjure up this illusion. The role of Wittgenstein’s remarks about the ‘internal relatedness’ of propositions and names, and objects and names, in articulating and drawing our attention to the above confusions is further explored.

Keywords:   con-formity, form, the illogical, internal properties/relations, the ladder, names, objects, picture, proposition, sign/symbol distinction

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