Logical Form and Propositional Function in the Tractatus

Theoria 71 (3):215-240 (2005)
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Wittgenstein's Tractatus carefully distinguished the concept all from\nthe notion of a truth-function, and thereby from the quantifiers.\nI argue that Wittgenstein's rationale for this distinction is lost\nunless propositional functions are understood within the context\nof his picture theory of the proposition. Using a model Tractatus\nlanguage, I show how there are two distinct forms of generality implicit\nin quantified Tractatus propositions. Although the explanation given\nin the Tractatus for this distinction is ultimately flawed, the distinction\nitself is a genuine one, and the forms of generality that Wittgenstein\nindicated can be seen in the quantified sentences of contemporary\nlogic



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Eric J. Loomis
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