The mechanics of meaning : propositional content and the logical space of Wittgenstein's Tractatus /
by David Hyder.
Berlin ; New York : De Gruyter, 2002.
xii, 227 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
3110172186 (cl.)
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Berlin ; New York : De Gruyter, 2002.
3110172186 (cl.)
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Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D. - Toronto) under the title: Spielraum: Helmholtz's manifold theory of perception and the logical space of Wittgenstein's Tractatus.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-213) and index.
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This analysis of Wittgenstein's concept of a Spielraum, in which the author approaches the Tractatus Logico-philosophicus both systematically and from the perspective of the history of philosophy and knowledge, opens up a new and important perspective in Wittgenstein research. In establishing unexpected cross-connections between physics, the theory of perception, and logic, Hyder also makes a valuable contribution to the history of 19th century science. In particular, the links he establishes between early sensory physiology and the logicism of Russell and Frege yield a sharper and more plausible account of the notion of a "space" of possible meanings than has hitherto been available in the secondary literature. In showing this notion to be a formal precursor to that of a language game, the study also provides important pointers for the interpretation of Wittgenstein's late work.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Helmholtz's Perceptual Manifoldp. 19
Russell's Theory of Judgmentp. 49
The Breakdown of Wittgenstein's Copula-theoryp. 76
Logical Spacep. 113
The Picture-theories of Helmholtz, Hertz and Wittgensteinp. 152
Conclusionp. 192
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 214
Concordance of Passages from the Tractatusp. 228
Concordance of Entries in the Notebooks: 1914-1916p. 229
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