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Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic$
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Michael Potter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215836

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215836.001.0001

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Complex and fact

Complex and fact

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(p.102) Chapter 11 Complex and fact
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Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic
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Michael Potter (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215836.003.0011

The distinction between complex and fact is easily stated. A complex is an arrangement of things; that they are arranged in this way is a fact. A complex is thus something we can refer to by means of a description; we specify a fact, on the other hand, by means of a ‘that’ clause. This chapter argues that this distinction is one of the most important in Wittgenstein's philosophy and that it pervades the Notes on Logic.

Keywords:   facts, influences, Russell, Wittgenstein

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