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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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The symbolic turn

The symbolic turn

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(p.63) Chapter 6 The symbolic turn
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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/9780199215836.003.0006

One of the most profound themes in the Tractatus is its exploration of the harmony between the structure of the world and the structure of the symbols we use to talk about it. This theme began to emerge in Wittgenstein's writing while he was at Cambridge. This chapter shows that this ‘symbolic turn’ in his thought was prompted by his emerging concern with understanding the nature of propositions.

Keywords:   propositions, symbolic turns, psychologism, language, Cambridge

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