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Single Idea 18727

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 1. Naming / a. Names]

Full Idea

The meaning of the words 'Professor Moore' is not a certain human body, because we do not say that the meaning sits on the sofa, and the words occur in the proposition 'Professor Moore does not exist'.

Gist of Idea

A person's name doesn't mean their body; bodies don't sit down, and their existence can be denied


Ludwig Wittgenstein (Lectures 1930-32 (student notes) [1931], B Easter)

Book Reference

Wittgenstein,Ludwig: 'Lectures in Cambridge 1930-32', ed/tr. Lee,Desmond [Blackwell 1980], p.62

A Reaction

Brilliant. Love it. Kripke ending up denying the existence of 'meanings'.