Wittgenstein and Religious Belief by W. Donald Hudson (auth.)

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Would the hearer understand the command better in this analysed form? On the contrary, he would probably be puzzled by it and say 'Do you want the broom? ' True, the broom is taken to pieces when the stick is separated from the brush; but it does not follow that the order to bring the broomstick also consists of corresponding parts. The Tractatus had assumed that a sentence does not have meaning if it does not have an absolutely determinate sense; that is to say, if its meaning is not exact. Wittgenstein came to see that the quest for absolute exactness is doomed to failure (like that for absolute simplicity); and that sentences with what we might call comparatively inexact meanings can be perfectly adequate.

16 After he gave up school teaching, whilst working first as a gardener at a monastery, and then designing a Viennese mansion for his sister in collaboration with his friend Paul Engelmann, he continued to be interested in philosophical problems and had conversations with Moritz Schlick who later became famous as the founder of the Vienna Circle of Logical Positivists. Rudolf Carnap, Friedrich Waismann and Herbert Feigl also at various times participated in these conversations. Then, during March 1928, Feigl and Waismann persuaded Wittgenstein to attend a lecture by the Dutch mathematician, Brouwer, on the philosophy of mathematics.

B cannot understand the language-game which A is playing with him as they build unless he already understands how to participate in the language-game of naming things. (ii) B must know what it is of which 'Slab' is the name.

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