Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Formalism: the thesis that statements acquire their meaning only from the rules for substituting, inserting, eliminating, forming, equality and inequality of symbols within a calculus or system. See also calculus, meaning, rules, content, correctness, systems, truth.
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Formalism/Substitute/Sign/Symbol/WittgensteinVsFrege: Frege: characters are either mere blackening or signs of something - then what they represent, is their meaning - Wittgenstein: false alternative - E.g. chess pieces: represent nothing - Solution: use like in the game instead of representation of something - ((s) use is more than mere blackening of the paper and less than representation of an object) - Wittgenstein: formalism is not entirely unjustified.

L. Wittgenstein
Vorlesungen 1930-35 Frankfurt 1989

L. Wittgenstein
Das Blaue Buch - Eine Philosophische Betrachtung Frankfurt 1984

L. Wittgenstein
Tractatus Logico Philosophicus Frankfurt/M 1960

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-26