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Winter 1996 Elementary Propositions and Independence
John L. Bell, William Demopoulos
Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 37(1): 112-124 (Winter 1996). DOI: 10.1305/ndjfl/1040067320


This paper is concerned with Wittgenstein's early doctrine of the independence of elementary propositions. Using the notion of a free generator for a logical calculus–a concept we claim was anticipated by Wittgenstein–we show precisely why certain difficulties associated with his doctrine cannot be overcome. We then show that Russell's version of logical atomism–with independent particulars instead of elementary propositions–avoids the same difficulties.


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John L. Bell. William Demopoulos. "Elementary Propositions and Independence." Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 37 (1) 112 - 124, Winter 1996.


Published: Winter 1996
First available in Project Euclid: 16 December 2002

zbMATH: 0855.03006
MathSciNet: MR1379553
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1305/ndjfl/1040067320

Primary: 03A05
Secondary: 03B10

Rights: Copyright © 1996 University of Notre Dame

Vol.37 • No. 1 • Winter 1996
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