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The Totality of Facts

Peter M. Sullivan
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society
New Series, Vol. 100 (2000), pp. 175-192
Published by: Wiley on behalf of The Aristotelian Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4545323
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Wittgenstein, in the Tractatus, conceives the world as 'the totality of facts'. Type-stratification threatens that conception: the totality of facts is an obvious example of an illegitimate totality. Wittgenstein's notion of truth-operation evidently has some role to play in avoiding that threat, allowing propositions, and so facts, to constitute a single type. The paper seeks to explain that role in a way that integrates the 'philosophical' and 'technical' pressures on the notion of an operation.

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