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Ludwig Wittgenstein on Thinking - Dictionary of Arguments

II 45f
Plan/Wittgenstein: Thinking means to operate with plans - the thought needs no interpretation - the plan needs an interpretation - the rules of interpretation of a plan do not belong to the plan itself - science: like building a house - philosophy: like tidying.
II 46
Thinking/Wittgenstein: is a symbolic operation - analog: E.g. digestion: a) characteristic of a human being - b) chemical process - Definition thinking: interpretation of a plan - Telepathy: could only be interpretation of symbols - at the same level as language.
II 50
Thinking/Language/Wittgenstein: we think with the help of the sign. To think of a thing means to think of a sentence in which it occurs - the occasion does not belong to thinking - but the words do - one sentence is a mechanism - not a bunch of individual parts.
II 67
Thinking/Wittgenstein: no "representative in the mind" - the thought is autonomous - it does not point beyond itself - we only believe that because of the way we use symbols - there is no mental process that cannot be symbolized - we are only interested in what can be symbolized.
II 105
Thinking/Language/Wittgenstein: Thinking not possible without language.
IV 108
Thinking/Tractatus: 6.361 in the way of expression by Hertz one could say: only legitimate connections are conceivable.
VII 10
Thinking/expression/limit/Tractatus/Foreword/Wittgenstein: not the thinking, but the expression is a drawn limit.
VII 12
Kant/Tetens: knowledge: the frontier of knowledge can be crossed in both directions - sense/nonsense/Wittgenstein/Tetens: this limit cannot be exceeded.
VII 82
Language/thinking/Tractatus/Tetens: what we think must be logically possible. (See Tractatus 4.031).

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

L. Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein’s Lectures 1930-32, from the notes of John King and Desmond Lee, Oxford 1980
German Edition:
Vorlesungen 1930-35 Frankfurt 1989

L. Wittgenstein
The Blue and Brown Books (BB), Oxford 1958
German Edition:
Das Blaue Buch - Eine Philosophische Betrachtung Frankfurt 1984

L. Wittgenstein
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (TLP), 1922, C.K. Ogden (trans.), London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Originally published as “Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung”, in Annalen der Naturphilosophische, XIV (3/4), 1921.
German Edition:
Tractatus logico-philosophicus Frankfurt/M 1960

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