Tractatus 2.014 and 2.0141

2.014 Objects contain the possibility of all states of affairs
2.0141 The possibility of its occurrence in atomic facts is the form of the object

I have one word written in the margin next to these passages: “Leibniz?”. At first glance there are some interesting parallels here. There also seems to be a contradiction between the two remarks. How can objects contain the possibility of all states of affairs, and at the same time be limited in its form? How objects contain all possibilities isn’t made clear here. We now have, however, a new concept: the form of the object. The form of the object is the limits of its possibilities. Every object has its place in atomic facts, and the full account of those places will give us the form of the object. An object cannot be spoken of beyond its possibility in propositions. Like Witt. says in the intro, it’s not as though we could draw a limit to thinking by stepping over the bounds of what is possible to think. Similarly, we cannot talk about objects outside of its place in possibilities (and by extension, propositions). All of the possibilities of the object says something about the object.

~ by Barky on February 29, 2012.

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