An Examination of Logical Positivism (International Library by Julius R Weinberg

By Julius R Weinberg

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Is frequently used. It cannot be over-emphasized that " is used by Wittgenstein in a technical sense which fact somewhat uncommon among other philosophies, and which does not normally occur in discourse at all. At the same time, " " in fact it is fairly clear that the philosophers who use this way mean that facts are what make propositions significant Now, this is somewhat paradoxical, we can use " fact " correctly in sentences, we thought about it at all, all of us probably and true. because, while and while, if " would come to explain fact " in approximately similar we ordinarily use " fact " ways, I believe this without knowing exactly what we mean.

The possibility that the facts which is This much is fairly clear. several problems present themselves. that all propositions are reducible to How do we elementary Is it possible to show that elementary propositions ? propositions are exclusively concerned with picturing The next step in Wittgenstein's empirical reality ? philosophy consists in the demonstration that all propositions are reducible to elementary propositions, and that these latter are exclusively about empirical facts. This, obviously, limits discourse to the representation of empirical facts.

The truth-value of any compound , proposition depends on the truth-values of The meaning propositions. depends upon the meaning of its , constituent any compound proposition Now, if of its constituents. the process of analysis of this kind could be indefinitely continued, it would always be impossible to determine the truth or the meaning of any compound propositions. Hence must be propositions which are not truth-functions any lesser propositions, but out of which all compound Now, since prepositional propositions are developed.

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