Tractatus 2.012

2.012 In logic nothing is accidental: if a thing can occur in an atomic fact the possibility of that atomic fact must already be prejudged in the thing

Another puzzle. Here we see that Wittgenstein is talking about logic, not the world. Things exist in logical space. Logical space determines the totality of possibilities. There is no stepping over that boundary. The thing itself must somehow how it’s possibilities prejudged in it.

I don’t know what to do with the text before the colon, I don’t know what to make of such a claim. That claim is the most interesting part of this remark, but I am at a loss.

~ by Barky on February 25, 2012.

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