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Sense and Simplicity: Wittgenstein's Argument for Simple Objects

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  • Chon Tejedor
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-289
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2003


This paper puts forward an alternative interpretation of the argument for simple objects advanced in the 2.0s of the Tractatus. In my view, Wittgenstein derives the simplicity of objects directly from his account of possible states, complex objects and senseful propositions. The key to Wittgenstein's argument is the idea that, if there were no simple objects, possible states would not be necessarily possible. If this were the case, however, there would be no senseful language, in Wittgenstein's view. One of the subsidiary aims of this paper is to question the idea that Wittgenstein posits simples because, without them, language would be infinitely analysable.

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