An Approach to Wittgenstein’s Philosophy by Derek Bolton

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It is also a consequence hard to accept. 6's, Wittgenstein writes: Thus there really is a sense in which philosophy can talk about the self in a non-psychological way. What brings the self into philosophy is the fact that 'the world is my world'. Such a notion of self belongs with solipsism, which may be understood as the view that the self is the only object of knowledge, or the only thing really existent. But we must consider how any concept of self can be legitimately brought into philosophy, for as yet we have seen no sign ofit.

Deducibility rests on 'partial identity', on the containment of the conclusion in the premise. But this is not confined to the simple case: 'p' is deducible from 'p and q'. If deducibility is mutual between two propositions, the propositions are identical. No elementary proposition can be deduced from another, for it is essentially the complexity of distinct propositions which is responsible for their logical relations. ( ii) Induction and cause ( cJ. 13's and 6-37' s) Reason must guarantee the truth of propositions, and a clear case of such a guarantee is found in the deductive relation.

42 An Approach to Wittgenstein's Philosophy What expresses itself in language, we cannot express by means of language. Propositions show the logical form of reality. They display it. I2I2 What can be shown, cannot be said. Logical form is shown in the symbolism which represents reality. A variety of cases is included within this general claim, corresponding to various aspects of logical form, and to its identity with pictorial form and the form of reality. Pictorial form is displayed by a picture (2.

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