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Pictures of Sounds: Wittgenstein on Gramophones and the Logic of Depiction

Sterrett, Susan (2004) Pictures of Sounds: Wittgenstein on Gramophones and the Logic of Depiction. [Preprint]

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    The year that Ludwig Wittgenstein was born in Vienna, 1889, nearby developments already underway portended two major changes of the coming century: the advent of controlled heavier-than-air flight and the mass production of musical sound recordings. Before they brought about major social changes, though, these innovations appeared in Europe in the form of children’s toys. Both appeared in Europe in time for Ludwig’s childhood and both reappear in his work as an adult. The relationship between the advent of flight and Wittgenstein’s claim in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus that a proposition is a picture, is a topic in its own right (Sterrett 2000, 2002). In this essay, I consider the way Wittgenstein employed some kinds of sound recordings (but not others) in discussing logical form in the Tractatus.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Models, Language, Logic of Depiction, Wittgenstein, Logical structure, Pictorial Form, Picture
    Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
    Depositing User: Dr Susan G. Sterrett
    Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1815

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