Michael Potter

in Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199215836
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721243 | DOI:

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This chapter shows that regardless of the sympathy Wittgenstein had with the basic presumptions of Russell's project, he was sceptical of its goal of constructing matter out of sense-data or things of that kind. He believed that physics could be explained without proceeding via a logical construction of matter. This exposes a fundamental difference between the two men in their attitude to constructed entities, and hence in their conception of the method of analysis.

Keywords: Russell; Wittgenstein; matter; sense-data; inference; construction

Chapter.  4395 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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