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Blue and Brown Books

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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According the Wittgenstein, how should we go about answering the question, "what is the meaning of a word?"

Which of the following is an example of an ostensive definition?

Which of the following is an essential feature of the word "game"?

What does "family resemblance" mean?

Which of the following sentences clearly displays a philosophical assumption at work?

What does Wittgenstein mean by the "shadow" of a fact?

Which of the following states a physical impossibility?

Which of the following states a grammatical impossibility?

What is the only thing that the statement "only what I see is really seen" can express?

Which of the following makes reference to the "I" as object?

Which of the following is a word in the first language game in the Brown Book?

What do all cases of comparing have in common?

Which of the following philosophical topics was Wittgenstein the first to introduce?

Which of the following does Wittgenstein NOT at any point treat as an expression of a rule?

What is distinctive about the use of "can" in language games forty-six to forty- nine of Part I of the Brown Book?

Which of the following is NOT true of the question, "Where does the present go when it becomes past, and where is the past?"

What is wrong with a general definition of "reading" as "deriving spoken words from written signs based on the rule provided by the alphabet"?

Which of the following digressions does NOT come up in Wittgenstein's discussion of the word "can"?

Arrange the vowels in order of lightest to darkest.

Which of the following is the paradigmatic use of "deep"?

Which of the following does Wittgenstein NOT draw on as an example?

Which of the following remarks does Wittgenstein make regarding a drawing of a cube?

Where was Wittgenstein born?

At which university did Wittgenstein give the lectures that are published as The Blue and Brown Books?

How do you pronounce "Wittgenstein"?

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