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Brainwave Shots

by Nishish Sandy (2019-04-07)


To reiterate the point here is that we are able to speak of reality not just we use words that stands for things,Brainwave Shots Review but because those words have a relationship to each other within the sentence that correspond to the relationship to things that have to each other in the world. That's what Wittgenstein thought about the logical structure, and the words and sentences have that structure in common.But bear in mind, he is not talking about our common language we use every day, which he thought obscure the logical structure. He thought if we take an ordinary sentence and did some analysis of how they mean, we will get down to the elementary sentences as he calls them, and then there will be the strict picturing of the relationship between the structure of the sentences and the structure of the fact. Wittgenstein inherited this from Frege. Gottlob Frege is highly recognized today for his contributions to mathematical logic and the philosophy of language.Wittgenstein saw the fundamental unit of meaning isn't the word, the word only function, the name only mean in the context of a sentence that is itself a fact that enables the sentence to picture the structure of facts in the world. I think we can easily now see what we mean by picturing when we say, 'there is a cat on the mat' this structure is easily understandable, but suppose, we say ' there is no cat on the mat' so how the hell could we picture something we say in correspondence to something that is not there?Wittgenstein thought that words like the so called logical constant such as 'not' if' 'and' 'or' are not part of the picturing structure. It is not hard to believe this, take for example, the 'non smoking sign' there is a line drawn through the picture of a cigarette to mean no smoking. The line that is drawn through the cigarette is the negation, but does not form part of the picturing relationship. The 'not' is the operating on the picture but it isn't itself part of the picture.The reason I am discussing this is to allow people to understand that positive statement of affirmation do have impact on our lives. The way the sentence is structured, described and pictured can affect the world in a way that mirrors the picturing of the speaker of that affirmation. Of course Wittgenstein did not have this in mind; he was more concerned about the language of ethics, religion, and the sciences. But for our daily use of language, I think it is prudent to attempt to demarcate talk that makes sense from talk that doesn't make sense.

 

 

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