# The form of elementary propositions in TLF

## What is an elementary proposition?

4.22 An elementary proposition consists of names. It is a nexus, a con- catenation, of names. This obviously parallels Wittgenstein’s thesis about the nature of states of affairs: 2.03 In a state of affairs objects fit into one another like the links of a chain.

## What does Wittgenstein mean by proposition?

A proposition has sense when it offers a determinate picture or model of some possible state of affairs, of a possible fact. If the structure shown in the proposition is shared by an existing state of affairs, the proposition is true, otherwise false.

## What is the meaning of Tractatus?

handled, managed. exercised, practised, transacted, performed.

## What is atomic proposition?

An atomic proposition is a statement or assertion that must be true or false. Examples of atomic propositions are: “5 is a prime” and “program terminates”. Propositional formulas are constructed from atomic propositions by using logical connectives.

## What are the constituents of proposition according to Wittgenstein?

The core tenets of Wittgenstein’s logical atomism may be stated as follows: (i) Every proposition has a unique final analysis which reveals it to be a truth-function of elementary propositions (Tractatus 3.25, 4.221, 4.51, 5); (ii) These elementary propositions assert the existence of atomic states of affairs (3.25, …

## What are propositional forms?

Definition. A propositional form is an expression involving logical variables and con- nectives such that, if all the variables are replaced by propositions then the form becomes a proposition. Example 4 p ∧ (q ∨ r) is a propositional form with variables p, q and r.