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Single Idea 4141

[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 4. Structure of Concepts / h. Family resemblance]

Full Idea

I shall say 'games' form a family, with a 'family resemblance', for the resemblances within a family - build, eyes, temperament etc. - overlap and criss-cross in the same way.

Gist of Idea

Various games have a 'family resemblance', as their similarities overlap and criss-cross


Ludwig Wittgenstein (Philosophical Investigations [1952], 067)

Book Reference

Wittgenstein,Ludwig: 'Philosophical Investigations', ed/tr. Anscombe,E. [Blackwell 1972], p.32

A Reaction

A very helpful idea for the nominalist view of universals, particularly for showing how concepts shade off indeterminately at the edges.

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