Wittgenstein and the Use of Words and Language: A Critical Presentation

This presentation will introduce the works of L. Wittgenstein with regard to words and, more generally, language, in concise form. The influential philosopher considers human language to be isomorphic with reality, when the meaning of words is determined by shared rules within societal groups, and the expressions of communication are based on facts.

There are shortcomings to Wittgenstein’s work. While he incorporates context, he neglects tautologies and contradictions. Moreover, his theses are manifestations of a collectivist era and do not genuinely apply to more individualist social groups. Furthermore, Wittgenstein does not fully solve the problem of gaps in group-interactive perception. Lastly, he does not sufficiently incorporate the fields of theory, theology, and the like.

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