A Note on the Late Wittgenstein’s Use of the Picture Concept

Peter K. Westergaard

Abstract



In his post-Tractatus writings, Wittgenstein continued to
employ the analogy between the picture and the sentence. In 1936 he wrote:
“The sentence as picture. And that is very pleasing, but [[d]er Satz als
Bild. Und das ist recht schön, aber] there are still lifes, portraits, landscapes,
depictions of mythology [Y] maps, diagrams etc., etc.” (MS 116, 223). This
paper focusses on the uses of the picture concept in the late Wittgenstein and will
emphasise in particular its new application in the description of religious language
use.

Keywords


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; picture; sentence; natural history; linguistic form of expression; religious language

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