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Saturday
Mar012014

How the Tractatus Crumbled: The Piero Sraffa Gesture

Italian economist Piero Sraffa is credited with causing Wittgenstein to adopt an "anthropological perspective" toward language. One of conversations between the two involved Sraffa's using a "Neapolitan gesture." This video shows how gestures of this sort lack a picture-reality correspondence, which caused Wittgenstein to abandon the idea that reality is a yardstick for meaning.

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