22 February 2005

Wittgenstein's Tractatus

Let me get this straight:

First five basic propositions of Wittgenstein's Tractatus

1 The world is everything that is the case

2 What is the case, the fact, is the existence of atomic facts

3 The logical picture of the facts is the thought

4 The thought is the significant proposition

5 Propositions are truth-functions of elementary propositions. (An elementary proposition is a truth-function of itself)

So to recap, (taking "=" to mean is, is the same as, is equivalent to and any other way you could split a hair and assuming a fact to be true)

  1. The world = the case
  2. Atomic facts = the fact = the case (ok so, so far the world = atomic facts. Cool)
  3. The thought = the facts (where the thought is true)
  4. The thought = the significant proposition (note: proposition = statement)
  5. Truthful statements = facets of ultimate truth

From that, The significant proposition = The world/The case/Anything with atomic facts.


In the beginning was The Word.



Badaunt said...

No. Nonononono!

In the beginning was the TRUE word. (Where the thought is true, see #3.)

This means that if in the beginning God had said, "Let there be dark," it wouldn't have happened. Unless it was past His bedtime, of course, in which case it would have. But it was daytime, and He said, "Let there be light!" and so everybody said, "Wow! You must be God!"

All clear now?

(Less flippantly (but not much less), I once did something similar along the lines of: Everything = vibration on an atomic level; sound = vibration; a word is a sound; in the beginning was the Word.)

Cheryl said...

Yeah but, yeah but, anyhow like right, see.......... I already assumed for the equation that 'a fact' is true, so for this purpose all considered values of 'a fact' must also be true.
So Ner!

Badaunt said...

Fact: There is always a Yebbut.

(In the beginning was the Yebbut.)

Ner yourself!