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[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / E. Structures of Logic / 2. Logical Connectives / a. Logical connectives]

Full Idea

While Russell and Whitehead used five primitive logical symbols in their system, Wittgenstein suggested in his 'Tractatus' that this be reduced to one.

Gist of Idea

Wittgenstein reduced Russell's five primitive logical symbols to a mere one


Paul O'Grady (Relativism [2002], Ch.2)

Book Reference

O'Grady,Paul: 'Relativism' [Acumen 2002], p.44

A Reaction

This certainly captures why Russell was so impressed by him. In retrospect what looked like progress presumably now looks like the beginning of the collapse of the enterprise.