The Second Station: Sophisticated Metaphysics (And Meaning as Use)

  • Anat Biletzki
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 319)


How can a book that starts with the words “The world is all that is the case” be construed as an anti-metaphysical book? Yes, it tells us that the traditional metaphysics of centuries-old philosophical theories were nonsense. Yes, it calls upon us to keep silent on matters that cannot be spoken of. Yes, it limits, and then talks about the limits, of our language — purporting to leave outside language talk which is seemingly metaphysical. And yes, it constrains meaningful talk by giving the exact criteria for meaningfulness — as a picturing of facts in the world.


Picture Theory Family Resemblance Atomic Fact Elementary Proposition Meaningful Talk 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anat Biletzki
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  1. 1.Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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