Issue 7, January 1984
Elementary Propositions in Wittgenstein's Tractatus
This is the fourth paper in my continuing research on "Tittgenstein's Tractatus. The Tractatus theory of language has mainly two components: the "picture theory" and the
"truth-function theory". Elementary propositions is one of the basic concepts essentially connected with these two theories. In this paper I attempt a thorough study of the
concept of elementary propositions.
I identify and articulate seven basic features of elementary propositions. In addition to examining the accounts of other researchers on these basic features, I contribute what I call the metaphysical language formulized in the philosophy of the Tractatus, and the coordinate diagram of elementary propositions, to account for elementary propositions.