Argument and metaphysics

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Author(s): 
Enrique Villanueva
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Issue number: 
No.4 (Vol.50)
Pages: 
94-97
Abstract: 

This paper explores the idea of linguistic meaning in the case of metaphysical referents or entities, quoting Plato’s view assumed by Wittgenstein that there couldn’t be a language for metaphysical referents like the Good or God. In order to expose the conceptual situation recourse is made to the thesis of a Logical Proper Name and to the thesis of Private Names as contrasting views of the nature of names and language. Furthermore, it is surmised that the Wittgenstein view helps to realise why there cannot be metaphysical arguments. But all of that is presented in a very sketchy way and has to wait for further development.

Keywords: 
meaning, reference, Wittgenstein, metaphysical arguments
References: 

Villanueva E. Private Names. In: Critica, 1983, no. 45,  pp. 45-62.

Wittgenstein L. Lecture on Ethics. InJ.Klagge, A.Norman (eds.). L. Wittgenstein. Philosophical Occasions, 1912-1951. Indianopolis: Hackett, 1993. 450p. 

DOI: 
10.5840/eps201650471
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