David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
With a few notable exceptions formal semantics, as it originated from the seminal work of Richard Montague, Donald Davidson, Max Cresswell, David Lewis and others, in the late sixties and early seventies of the previous century, does not consider Wittgenstein as one of its ancestors. That honour is bestowed on Frege, Tarski, Carnap. And so it has been in later developments. Most introductions to the subject will refer to Frege and Tarski (Carnap less frequently) —in addition to the pioneers just mentioned, of course— , and discuss the main elements of their work that helped shape formal semantics in some detail. But Wittgenstein is conspicuously absent whenever the history of the subject is mentioned (usually brieﬂy, if at all). Of course, if one thinks of Wittgenstein’s later work, this is obvious: nothing, it seems, could be more antithetic to what formal semantics aims for and to how it pursues those aims than the views on meaning and language that Wittgenstein expounds in, e.g., Philosophical Investigations, with its insistence on particularity and diversity, and its rejection of explanation and formal modelling. But what about his earlier work, the Tractatus (henceforth )? At ﬁrst sight, that seems much more congenial, as it develops a conception of language and meaning that is both general and uniform, explanatory..
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Martin Stokhof (2008). The Architecture of Meaning : Wittgenstein's Tractatus and Formal Semantics. In David K. Levy & Edoardo Zamuner (eds.), Wittgenstein's Enduring Arguments. Routledge.
Gert Jan Lokhorst (1988). Ontology, Semantics and Philosophy of Mind in Wittgenstein's Tractatus: A Formal Reconstruction. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 29 (1):35 - 75.
Jaroslav Peregrin (2008). Brandom’s Incompatibility Semantics. Philosophical Topics 36 (2):99-121.
Arkadiusz Chrudzimski (2003). Contentless Syntax, Ineffable Semantics and Transcendental Ontology. Reflections on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. Kriterion 17:1-6.
Brent Silby (2007). Wittgenstein - Meaning and Representation. Analysis and Metaphysics 6.
E. D. Klemke (1971). Essays on Wittgenstein. Urbana,University of Illinois Press.
Joachim Schulte (1989). Wittgenstein's Notion of Secondary Meaning and Davidson's Account of Metaphor — A Comparison. Grazer Philosophische Studien 36:141-148.
Edmund Dain (2006). Contextualism and Nonsense in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. South African Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):91-101.
L. Bishwanath Sharma (2008). Wittgenstein's Method of Philosophical Analysis. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 39:223-235.
Juan Barba (2007). Formal Semantics in the Age of Pragmatics. Linguistics and Philosophy 30 (6):637-668.
Isabel Medina Carmo Silva (1982). Reflexões sobre o Valor do Símbolo em Wittgenstein. Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 38 (1):143 - 151.
Nikolay Milkov (2005). The Meaning of Life: A Topological Approach. Analecta Husserliana 84:217–34.
David G. Stern (1995). Wittgenstein on Mind and Language. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2010-12-22
Total downloads24 ( #73,469 of 1,102,927 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #183,209 of 1,102,927 )
How can I increase my downloads?