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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

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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
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:78217
Uncontrolled Keywords:Philosophy

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