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The Basic Realism of the Tractatus

David Pears

in The False Prison Volume One

Published in print September 1987 | ISBN: 9780198247708
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598203 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198247702.003.0005
 The Basic Realism of the Tractatus

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Is concerned with the relation between names and objects in Wittgenstein's earlier thought. Pears deduces from the conclusions of the previous chapter his prominent ‘basic realism’ interpretation of the Tractatus, which is based on the idea that once a name has been attached to an object, the nature of the object takes over and controls the logical behaviour of the name, and defends it against rival interpretations.

Keywords: basic realism; names; objects; Tractatus; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  11889 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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