Variable Names and Constant Names in Wittgenstein's Tractatus

Philosophical Investigations 28 (1):14-42 (2005)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In this paper, I argue that the Tractatus classifies names into constant names and variable names. A variable name, via the application of the existential quantifier against the background of picturing, picks out and denotes an unspecified object from the range of objects of the form shown by the relevant variable. A constant name labels an object picked out from a scope of the existential quantifier. I also refute two types of attempts to argue that the Tractarian relation between a name and its meaning is not realist, and to explain why it is more reasonable to hold that it is.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,100

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The use-conditional indexical conception of proper names.Dolf Rami - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 168 (1):119-150.
Names as tokens and names as tools.M. W. Pelczar - 2001 - Synthese 128 (1-2):133 - 155.
Names as Tokens and Names as Tools.M. W. Pelczar - 2001 - Synthese 128 (1-2):133-155.
Wittgenstein und Frege über Eigennamen und das Kontextprinzip.Eva Picardi - 2009 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 57 (4):619-637.
Description-names.Eros Corazza - 2002 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 31 (4):313-325.
The Grammar of Names.John M. Anderson - 2007 - Oxford University Press UK.
Yoruba Proverbs, Names and Consciousness.Fasiku Gbenga - 2006 - Journal of Pan African Studies 1 (4):60-63.
Whats in two names?Zimmermann Thomas Ede - 2005 - Journal of Semantics 22 (1):53-96.


Added to PP

60 (#268,707)

6 months
4 (#795,160)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Leo Cheung
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Tractatus logico-philosophicus.Ludwig Wittgenstein, G. C. M. Colombo & Bertrand Russell - 1990 - New York: Routledge. Edited by C. K. Ogden.
Tractatus logico-philosophicus.Ludwig Wittgenstein - 1922 - Filosoficky Casopis 52:336-341.
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.Ludwig Wittgenstein - 2023 - Nordic Wittgenstein Review 11.
Trying to make sense.Peter Winch - 1987 - New York, NY, USA: Blackwell.
The False Prison Vol. One.David Pears - 1987 - Oxford, GB: Clarendon Press.

View all 19 references / Add more references