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Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle: The Exaltation and Deposition Of Ostensive Definition

P. M. S Hacker

in Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245697
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924569X.003.0009
 Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle: The Exaltation and Deposition Of Ostensive Definition

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Wittgenstein’s account of ostensive definition is examined. Its influence upon the reflections of members of the Vienna Circle is outlined, and their misunderstandings of Wittgenstein’s account are clarified.

Keywords: autonomy of language; defining samples; F. Waismann; logical empiricism; M. Schlick; ostensive definition; principle of verification; Vienna Circle

Chapter.  10945 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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