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The Tractatus on Logical Consequence

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Abstract: I discuss the account of logical consequence advanced in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. I argue that the role that elementary propositions are meant to play in this account can be used to explain two remarkable features that Wittgenstein ascribes to them: that they are logically independent from one another and that their components refer to simple objects. I end with a proposal as to how to understand Wittgenstein's claim that all propositions can be analysed as truth functions of elementary propositions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of PhilosophyUniversity College London, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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