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

By Julius R Weinberg

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The unessential features of a proposition are those characteristics of a particular language or is mode of expression which disappear when the proposition translated from one language to another, or when the The proposition is expressed vocally and then written. essential are features those which remain constant throughout all transformations of this kind. Wittgenstein claims that the logical form is the common invariant feature of the various modes used to express a proposition. e. particulars may be used to picture the same objective of form.

LOGICAL FOUNDATIONS 46 spatial, the coloured picture, 1 everything coloured, etc/' Notation and spoken language is, nevertheless, arbitrarily usually chosen for obvious reasons of utility. It is, therefore, not possible to see immediately the inner formal connection , between the proposition arid the to explain this connection geometrical projection/a figure such that the result is fact. by a may Hence further it is necessary In analysis. be projected on a surface from the visibly quite different The laws of geometrical projection, however, determine that certain properties remain invariant for all possible projections of a given figure.

INTRODUCTION 24 The advantage of this definition cannot be immediately a without knowledge of the problems which it grasped was designed to solve. for philosophy follow Nevertheless, two important results it. First, it is impossible to speak from an object named but not described. Second it is always possible to assert true propositions about objects described which do not exist, without assuming some universe of discourse in which those objects are somehow real but non-existent. This is an example of the use of of the existence of All significant logical analysis in philosophical problems.

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