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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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Tractarian objects

Tractarian objects

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(p.232) Chapter 27 Tractarian objects
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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/9780199215836.003.0027

In the Notes Wittgenstein drew a distinction between components and constituents. ‘Components are forms and constituents’. ‘Every proposition which says something indefinable about one thing is a subject-predicate proposition’. Such a proposition contains, he says, ‘only one name and one form’, and therefore has one constituent but two components. In 1913, then, Wittgenstein analysed ‘Socrates is mortal’ into two parts of fundamentally different kinds. The first is the name ‘Socrates’: the second is what he called the form of the proposition. In the same way ‘every proposition which says something indefinable about two things expresses a dual relation between these things’: Wittgenstein analysed the proposition ‘aRb’ into three components, two names ‘a’ and ‘b’ and a form. This chapter considers whether Wittgenstein continued to argue for this analysis in the Tractatus.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein, Tractatus, relations, objects, Socrates

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