An Examination of Logical Positivism (International Library by Julius R Weinberg

By Julius R Weinberg

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This led to an investigation of the nature of propositions in general and the nature of the propositions of logic in particular. Logico-Philosophicus The result of this was the Tractatus . Wittgenstein's work may be regarded as an attempt to construct the rules of an exact language. It is a criticism of the Principia Mathematica in so far as he treats that work as a approximation to the theoretically perfect language. a criticism of metaphysics in so far as he regards metaphysics as a mistake arising from the misunderstanding first It is of the logic of language.

The fallacy which can be found in the demonstration of atomic facts occurs in this one also. It is advisable to present these proofs in their rightful place. II The realm of propositions is far richer, perhaps infinitely than the realm of objects and facts. Instead of the simple totality of atomic facts, there are positive and negative so, propositions, conjunctions, and disjunctions of propositions. There must also be added the different ways of expressing the same proposition. The complexity of the world is outdone by the greater complexity of symbolism.

Logical propositions are treated as part of the apparatus of symbolism without having any symbolic reference. They are part of the schematism for the of empirical reality but do not, as such, describe description anything. The philosophy of the Circle, in so far as it follows the have just outlined, is little more than a series of extended comments on the fundamental work of In so far, however, as it departs from Wittgenstein. work of the Circle must be separately the Wittgenstein, treated, first as a reaction against Wittgenstein, and second as the construction of an independent philosophy.

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