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There stituents for are propositions which must be treated as special cases because they are not empirically determinable and, neverThese are the theless, seem to have some significance. and mathematics themselves. An and demonstrated exclusively by empiricism developed logical methods must find a place for logic. Otherwise it is not a complete system, since it would fail to account for propositions of logic itself. Logical propositions are treated as part of the apparatus of symbolism without having any symbolic reference.

Try to Physicalism as a scientific philosophy will be presented in some detail in these chapters. The study will be concluded by a theory of language which seems to me to overcome the difficulties of both Logical Positivism and Radical Physicalism. I have included this as an alternative theory, and its principal value is simply to show what consequences follow from premises which are the proper contradictories of positivistic and physicalistic doctrines. This, at least, will show the reader what he probably must accept if he finds both Positivism and Physicalism to be unsatisfactory solutions of philosophical scientific problems.

Terms structure The necessary and sufficient condition for picturing one fact by another is community of structure. This does not mean that of any two facts possessing the same structure, " be a picture of the other, for being a picture of " a fact involves that which, by arbitrary convention, is decided upon to be so used. Nevertheless, it is not the one will arbitrary decision, but the possession of a certain structure, which makes the picturing of facts possible. Propositions, then, are pictures of facts.

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