The Clueless One wrote:
This one, I'd presume:
(1889–1951) Austrian philosopher. His masterwork, Tractatus Logico-philosophicus (1921), influenced logical positivism, arguing the strict relationships between language and the physical world. After 1929, he criticized this hypothesis in his Cambridge lectures, published posthumously as Philosophical Investigations (1953). He claimed language was a conventional ‘game’, where meaning was affected more by context than formal relationships to reality.
And with this, we prove the entire theory.
The word "Wittgenstein" is:
1. Probably not his name. He was Austrian. "Wittgenstein" is the transliteration of the sound of his Austrian name into English, which is the language we are using here.
2. Meaningless to most of the people who entered the thread until they were given the rules of the game: the reality that there was a person recognized as "Wittgenstein" existed before "The Clueless One" demonstrated that his self-appointed description is a falsehood: however, until he did so, the rest of us could not recognize the context, or play the game.
3. Was also the Anglicanized name of his father, and his brother, and his grandfather, and his son (assuming he had at least one of each), but by the rules of the "game", we would know that the conversation was not supposed to be about them, but rather, this particular Wittgenstein.
The reality of people called Wittgenstein, and their achievements, is reality. However, without the context and rules of the game, using language to describe or discuss them is impossible. Therefore, language is a contextual game.