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Sraffa and Wittgenstein

Ajit Sinha ()
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Ajit Sinha: Thapar School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Chapter Chapter 7 in A Reflection on Sraffa’s Revolution in Economic Theory, 2021, pp 203-228 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract This paper documents the long and very intense intellectual friendship between Sraffa and Wittgenstein through their extant correspondence. It argues that most likely Wittgenstein discarded the Tractarian thesis of a ‘picture’ theory of meaning in favour of a ‘language game’ theory of meaning in the Philosophical Investigations because of Sraffa’s consistent criticism of the metaphysical foundations of all theories based on human psychology or ‘mental processes’, since no objective data for such foundations exist. It highlights the similarity between the structural relationship between objective data in Sraffa’s system of basic goods and Wittgenstein’s rules of a language game.

Keywords: Picture theory of meaning; Language games; Structural relations; Sraffa; Wittgenstein (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-47206-1_7

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