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David Pears

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780198247708

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198247702.001.0001

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The Basic Realism of the Tractatus

The Basic Realism of the Tractatus

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(p.88) 5 The Basic Realism of the Tractatus
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The False Prison Volume One
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David Pears

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198247702.003.0005

Is concerned with the relation between names and objects in Wittgenstein's earlier thought. Pears deduces from the conclusions of the previous chapter his prominent ‘basic realism’ interpretation of the Tractatus, which is based on the idea that once a name has been attached to an object, the nature of the object takes over and controls the logical behaviour of the name, and defends it against rival interpretations.

Keywords:   basic realism, names, objects, Tractatus, Wittgenstein

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