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Entries in Tractatus (3)

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.

Friday
Feb142014

Good Resource for the Tractatus

... just finished putting my newest version of the Tractatus lecture online. Some audio clips are old, however, because my batteries died in the middle of one session. Still, it is pieced together (reconstructed) accurately.

http://ludwig.squarespace.com/cond3/2014/1/29/01-the-genesis-of.html
Thursday
Feb132014

Pictures, Propositions and the World (Tractatus Studies)

"The world is the totality of facts, not of things," Wittgenstein proclaims in the Tractatus. In this video, this idea is explained. Specifically, the idea of a thought being a picture of a possible state of affairs, for which the proposition claims to be true or false, is explained..