This may sound stupid and basic to most - but I realize my head is totally muddled right now on this aspect of thinking.
Can someone explain to e the differences between Aristotlian laws of Identity and non contradiction and the Wittgenstenian concept of Atomic Fact?
"As in a kaleidoscope, the constellation of forces operating in the system as a whole is ever changing." - Ludwig Lachmann
"When A Man Dies A World Goes Out of Existence" - GLS Shackle
The big difference would be metaphysical. Aristotle was talking about Reality, Wittgenstein was talking about reality-within-the-limits-of-language.
To Witt, identity and non-contradiction were probably atomic facts because we can never meaningfully express their negations.
To Aristotle, identity and non-contradiction were laws of reality because their negations could never even exist.
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Cool thanks. Thatt makes sense - it's been so long since I read them in earnest, I tend to get them mixed up.
So I guess I am a bit more of an Aristotelian, as I don't see the concept of "atomic fact" working outside of syllogisms that must exist - such a thing can't be negated, right?