Philosophy of Pictures

In his book Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein implies that pictures are subservient to language – pictures do not carry any meaning, unless it is conveyed by language/words themselves, whereas words do not require any further explanation to be understood.

So, when someone says bird, we know what it refers to; whereas, when we see a picture of a bird, we only know what its meaning is, because it has previously been referred to as the ‘bird’.

As Wittgenstein states, »How can I know that someone means the picture as a portrait of N? – Well, perhaps because he says so, or writes it underneath.« [1]

Thus, I took my pleasure in on drawing vs language, to develop the grammar of the self. Watch out!

  1. Jump Up Wittgenstein, Ludwig, Philosophical Grammar, California, University of California Press, 2005, page 102