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Title: Symbols in Wittgenstein's Tractatus
Author(s): Johnston, Colin
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Keywords: Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951. Tractatus logico-philosophicus.
Wittgenstein, Ludwig 1889-1951
Logic Symbolic and mathematical
Issue Date: 2007
Date Deposited: 17-Feb-2009
Citation: Johnston C (2007) Symbols in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. European Journal of Philosophy, 15 (3), pp. 367-394.
Abstract: This paper is concerned with the status of a symbol in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. It is claimed in the first section that a Tractarian symbol, whilst essentially a syntactic entity to be distinguished from the mark or sound that is its sign, bears its semantic significance only inessentially. In the second and third sections I pursue this point of exegesis through the Tractarian discussions of nonsense and the context principle respectively. The final section of the paper places the forgoing work in a secondary context, addressing in particular a debate regarding the realism of the Tractatus.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2007.00253.x
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