Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/27947
Appears in Collections:Law and Philosophy Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Zalabardo on Semantic Unity and Metaphysical Unity (Forthcoming)
Author(s): Johnston, Colin
Contact Email: colin.johnston@stir.ac.uk
Citation: Johnston C (2018) Zalabardo on Semantic Unity and Metaphysical Unity (Forthcoming). Australasian Philosophical Review.
Abstract: In his paper ‘The Tractatus on Unity’, José Zalabardo argues that the Tractatus makes important contributions towards the resolution of two related problems, the problem of semantic unity, and the problem of metaphysical unity. The problem of metaphysical unity consists in explaining how the unity of a fact arises out of the multiplicity of its constituent objects. The problem of semantic unity consists in explaining how a propositional representation doesn’t merely introduce various objects but furthermore represents them as combined in a certain way. According to Zalabardo, Wittgenstein takes rather different attitudes to these two problems. The semantic problem is solved by the idea, central to Wittgenstein’s picture theory, that a representation is a fact which exemplifies in its own combinatorial mode the way in which it represents its objects as combined. The metaphysical problem, by contrast, is rejected as relying on a mistaken conception of facts as compounds. In this response, I take individual issue with both attributions, and briefly query also their coherence.
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Zalabardo on Semantic Unity and Metaphysical Unity.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version189.89 kBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 2022-02-08    Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.



This item is protected by original copyright



Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact library@stir.ac.uk providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.