Internal Relations as Imperatives and their Reflexive Cases



Year of publication 2015
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The aim of this paper is to provide the main argument from my recent book Wittgenstein on Internal and External Relations. Tracing All the Connections (2015). The main thesis that I am advancing in my book is that Wittgenstein’s method of analysis rests on the distinction between internal and external relations. First, I want to argue that this distinction is not nonsensical as recently argued by some resolute readers of Wittgenstein’s work. Next, I will show in detail what the positive role of internal relations is. They say something about our grammar. Expressing them may be taken as a reminder or, most notably, as an imperative to improve the grammar of our language. Finally, I shall delineate when expressions of internal relations are nonsensical. The use of an internal relation makes no sense if its terms are identical, i.e. if this use is reflexive.
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