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The Tractatus On Unity

Zalabardo, JL; (2018) The Tractatus On Unity. Australasian Philosophical Review , 2 (3) pp. 250-271. 10.1080/24740500.2019.1655839. Green open access

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I argue that some of the central doctrines of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus can be seen as addressing the twin problems of semantic unity (the unity of the proposition) and metaphysical unity (the unity of facts). Wittgenstein's claim that pictures in general and propositions in particular are facts offers a solution to the problem of semantic unity: objects in the world are represented as combined with one another in the same way in which the constituents of the representing fact are actually combined. Concerning metaphysical unity, Wittgenstein maintains that facts are ultimate units, not the result of combining more basic items.

Type: Article
Title: The Tractatus On Unity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/24740500.2019.1655839
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/24740500.2019.1655839
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: facts, logical form, Ludwig Wittgenstein, picture theory, predication, propositions, unity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042123
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