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Wittgenstein on Colours and Logical Multiplicities, 1930–1932

  • Andreas Blank (a1)

This article explores Wittgenstein's little known remarks on colour from his notebooks of the early 1930s. It emphasizes the importance of the notion of logical multiplicity contained in these remarks. The notion of logical multiplicity indicates that Wittgenstein, as in the years of the Tractatus, is committed to a theory of logical space in which every colour is embedded. However, logical multiplicities in his remarks of the early 1930s do not depend on an apparatus of simple objects, states of affairs, and elementary propositions. I suggest that, in this period, the logical multiplicity of colour space is a matter of how we see colours.

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James Austin , “Wittgenstein's Solutions to the Colour Exclusion Problem” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 41 [19801981]: 142–49)

Kevin Mulligan , “Colours, Corners and Complexity: Meinong and Wittgenstein on Some Internal Relations,” in Existence and Explanation: Essays in Honor of Karel Lambert, edited by W. Spohn , B. Skyrms , and B. van Fraassen (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1991), pp. 77101; at p. 80.

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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