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Sentences as Pictures

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/10.1093/0198247702.003.0006
 Sentences as Pictures

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Delineates Wittgenstein's picture theory of meaning, the view that explanation of how sentences acquire and keep their sense must appeal to the concept of pictorial representation. Pears introduces a vital element of Wittgenstein's earlier philosophy, namely the so‐called ‘saying–showing distinction’.

Keywords: picture theory of meaning; representation; saying–showing distinction; sense; sentences; Wittgenstein

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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