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According to this pre-theoretical picture, the fundamental role of words is to name, and of sentences to describe. Every genuine name has a meaning, and its meaning is the object for which it stands. His sophisticated variant of this venerable Urbild did, to be sure, differ from those of both Frege and Russell, but the Tractatus everywhere displays the force of this mesmerizing picture of the essential nature of language and of the relation between language and reality^ It was part of the unquestioned framework of the Fregean and Russellian philosophies, and Wittgenstein, in his confrontation with his predecessors, worked within this framework (see Volume 1, ‘Augustine’s pic ture of language: das Wesen der Sprache’, §§4-6).
Propositions are composed o f expressions. Logical expressions apart, the constituent expressions in a proposition are either analysable, definable by an analytic definition or contextual paraphrasis, 30 The Achievement o f the Tractatus or unanalysable simple names. The simple names are representative o f objects in reality which are their meanings. Hence, names link language with reality, pinning the network of language to the world. The elementary proposition is a concatenation of names in accordance with logical syntax, which does not name anything, but says that things are thus-and-so.
A proposition is essentially either true or false. It is o f the nature o f a proposition to be capable o f being true and capable of being false; that is, it must be bipolar. Although both Frege and Russell had related the concept o f a proposition to the concepts of truth and falsehood, they had not done so correctly. Frege had conceived of the True and the False as a pair o f logical objects named by proposi tions; on his account there is no essential connection between them. For suppose that the thought that Fa is true; then the sense o f the formula ‘Fa’ is that the True is the value o f the function F(£) for the argument a.