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By G. E. M. Anscombe

ISBN-10: 189031854X

ISBN-13: 9781890318543

All through so much of his grownup lifestyles, Wittgenstein flirted with conversion to the Catholic religion. do not learn the Tractatus and fall into the naive catch of logical positivism. Wittgenstein used to be certainly fascinated by battling the fashionable, secular worldview and selling a spiritual one. although he didn't explicitly recommend scripturual tales as literal fact, he was once involved to advertise a worldview during which questions on price have been taken heavily and never pushed aside as unscientific superstition.

Anscombe is an effective interpreter and able to figuring out Wittgenstein, even though now not for the lay reader.

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Is unwise', and hence is it is . * is the in the sense convenient to use the term 'un- make our point. But, to adapt what Frege says, 1 it should not be supposed from this attachment of the negation to 'wise' that 'what is negated is the content, not of the whole sentence, but just of this part. ' That made out to be untrue by but this is still everyone is is by combining the negative ... the whole we do negate to say, the sentence 'Everyone is wise' is certainly someone who says 'Everyone is unwise'; a different negation from that expressed by 'Not wise'.

But the comparison breaks down in various ways. The predicate occurring as part of a definite description must be uniquely true of something, if the description is to be taken as standing for anything; whereas a proper name stands for a bearer to which it has been assigned, without its being guaranteed, concerning any given unique description, that the bearer satisfies it. Hence we can give truth-conditions for statements containing definite descriptions regardless of whether the descriptions are vacuous or not.

State of affairs nothing be left open. Elementary propositions are such that there is in them no distinction between an internal and an external negation. e. it (4) We can say 'The King of France is bald' has as a negation 'The King of France is not bald'; I distinguish this internal negation of the proposition from the external negation: 'Not: The King of of sense. : France is bald' we have already seen how these differ in sense. ' Aristotle was rather between 'Socrates is wise' and 'Everyone puzzled by is wise' if 'Socrates is wise' is untrue, then 'Socrates is not wise' is external, negation: this difference : true; but if 'Everyone is wise' is untrue, still it does not follow that not wise', that we sometimes use 'Everyone is not or true; the contradictory different proposition that not everyone is wise.

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