Accessibility navigation


Function as use. Wittgenstein's practical turn in the early manuscripts

Franken Figueiredo, F. (2019) Function as use. Wittgenstein's practical turn in the early manuscripts. Philosophical Investigations, 42 (1). pp. 66-96. ISSN 0190-0536

Full text not archived in this repository.

It is advisable to refer to the publisher's version if you intend to cite from this work. See Guidance on citing.

To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/phin.12212

Abstract/Summary

The idea that the function of language is its use is commonly ascribed to the Later Wittgenstein. In this paper, I argue that there is textual evidence already coming from the early manuscripts (Ms) proving that Wittgenstein's philosophical development is culminating in the idea of function as use around 1929–30. I interpret a passage from Ms‐107 in order to show that Wittgenstein's practical turn has sources in different stages of his philosophical development, each of which is dominated by different ideas: the idea of a picture theory; the idea of a phenomenological language and the idea of function as use.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:78217
Uncontrolled Keywords:Philosophy
Publisher:Wiley

University Staff: Request a correction | Centaur Editors: Update this record

Page navigation