Thursday, May 10, 2007

4.0311 A name stands for a thing, another for another thing, and they are connected with each other, so the whole – like a tableau vivant – stands for a state of affairs.

Why a tableau vivant and not a normal picture? For what does a tableau vivant stand? The picture, or the pictured? That is, a tableau vivant of the death of Socrates could be seen as a representation of the death of Socrates or of The Death of Socrates (a painting). Is Wittgenstein saying that a proposition is like a name, only for a state of affairs rather than for an object?

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