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Philosophical Studies

, Volume 176, Issue 5, pp 1367–1376 | Cite as

Soames on the Tractatus

  • Peter HanksEmail author
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Soames devotes the first four chapters of the second volume of his new history of analytic philosophy to Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. His main topics are (1) the metaphysics of the Tractatus, (2) the nature of tractarian propositions, (3) the logic of the Tractatus, and (4) Wittgenstein’s criterion of intelligibility and its applications. My focus will be on (1) and (2), in particular on Soames’s interpretation of the substance argument for simple objects and his remarks on the tractarian idea that a proposition is “the propositional sign in its projective relation to the world,” (3.12).1

The substance argument

The so-called substance argument for simple objects occupies four remarks in the 2.02’s:
2.02

The object is simple.

2.021

Objects form the substance of the world. Therefore they cannot be compound.

2.0211

If the world had no substance, then whether a proposition had sense would depend on whether another proposition was true.

2.0212

It would then be impossible to form a picture of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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