On the Cognition of States of Affairs

Barry Smith(1)

From K. Mulligan, ed., Speech Act and Sachverhalt: Reinach and the Foundations of Realist Phenomenology, Dordrecht/Boston/Lancaster: Nijhoff (1987), 189-225.



1. Standard and Non-Standard Instances

The theory of speech acts put forward by Reinach in his "The A Priori Foundations of the Civil Law" rests on a systematic account of the ontological structures associated with various different sorts of language use. One of the most original features of Reinach's account likes in his demonstration of how the ontological structure of, say, an action of promising or of commanding, may be modified in different ways, yielding different sorts of non-standard instances of the corresponding speech act varieties. The present paper is an attempt to apply this idea of standard and modified instances of ontological structures to the realm of judgment and cognition. It is hoped that it will also do something to justify the author's belief that Reinach's writings have a more than merely historical interest.

It will be presupposed in what follow:

(1) that there are certain core situations in which knowledge is gained or secured: principally situations in which objects and states of affairs are directly given in perception;
(2) that these core situations are surrounded by a periphery of what might be called natural deformations: modified, derivative, or non-standard cases. These are either cases where things go wrong in standard ways, or they are cases involving greater complexity, for example as a result of the intervention of inference, memory or the testimony of others;
(3) that there may occur also isolated cases of unnatural deformations (we might also call them unnatural instances of natural kinds), departing from the relevant standard instances in irregular ways.
Aristotle, too, distinguished in his philosophy of nature between regular non-standard instances, instances which deviate from their kind in a law-governed way (as woman deviates in a law-governed way from the kind man), and irregular non-standard instances, which deviate from their relevant kind in purely accidental ways (as for example in the case of a man with six toes).(2) Effectively the same distinction is dealt with also by Reinach in his ontology of legal formations, and Reinach was here able to draw on a certain tradition in German legal theory in which, entirely in the spirit of Aristotle, the characteristics of the various different dimensions of non-standard instances of kinds of actions had been carefully investigated.(3)

Much recent work on epistemology can also be said to have embraced a similar distinction, though the influence of Aristotle is now more difficult to detect.(4) This is because this more recent work has concentrated overwhelmingly on the invention of irregular non-standard cases - on the 'science fiction examples' in category (3) - as a means of calling into question assumptions about knowledge and belief that have hitherto been taken for granted. The present paper is conceived both as a complement and as a corrective to investigations of this kind. Its goal is the description of those simple and straightforward acts of perceiving, judging and asserting, and of the associated cognitive states of belief, in which we are directed towards objects and states of affairs in the real world.

It is not our purpose here to provide a general ontological theory of instances and kinds. We shall rather simply lay down certain marks by which the standard and non-standard instances of specifically cognitive kinds may be distinguished, emphasising the provisional character of the distinctions which result.

1. Standard instances are first of all prototypical:(5) these are the instances which come to mind when we reflect on the meanings of terms like 'judgment', 'doubt', and so on;

2. standard instances are prior to non-standard instances in the sense that they belong to earlier stages of cognitive development; capacities associated with non-standard instances (for example with dissimulating) will therefore presuppose capacities associated with standard instances;

3. standard instances of the kinds which here concern us are associated with successful processes of gaining knowledge of the real world; non-standard instances are associated with cognitive dead-ends, or with processes which have nothing (directly) to do with gaining knowledge (such as are involved, for example, in reading fiction).

The distinction between standard and non-standard instances in the sphere of cognitive acts and states is therefore not merely a matter of developmental psychology. Indeed, the privileged status of standard instances of cognitive kinds turns most importantly on the fact that such instances have especially close affinities with those - ideally - more sophisticated processes of gaining knowledge of the world which are grouped together under the label 'science'.(6)

Standard instances are privileged also, as we shall see, by the fact that they satisfy essential laws in the sense first clearly described by Husserl in his Logical Investigations. More precisely, they satisfy - both as regards their internal structure and as regards their relation to other objects - certain conditional necessities, for example of the familiar form:

If as a matter of empirical fact an instance of kind K exists, then as a matter of necessity an instance of the kind K exists also.
Entire families of such conditional necessities are provided by Reinach in his theory of speech acts, for example:
If as a matter of empirical fact an instance of the kind promise occurs, then as a matter of necessity there begin to exist enduring states of claim and obligation.
Principles of a similar form play an important role in current work in linguistics, where they express what have been called implicational universals (a term introduced by Jakobson).(7) Part of our task in the present essay will be that of laying down similar principles obtaining in the sphere of cognition.

2. Logic and States of Affairs

It is Reinach's paper "On the Theory of the Negative Judgment" that will serve as our principal guide in what follows. We can gain some initial idea as to what Reinach is about in this paper if we examine his account lf logic. Logic, Reinach says, is a 'theory of states of affairs'. Even those propositions of logic which are traditionaly called 'laws of deduction' are 'nothing other than general principles expressing relations between states of affairs'. There are 'profound implications for the construction of logic which develop out of this insight' (339/83(8)), though unfortunately Reinach gives us only an inkling of what these implications might be.(9) He tells us that

the fundamental principles of traditional logic have normally been related to judgments, for example: two contradictory judgments cannot both be correct. This principle is certainly incontestable, but it is a derived and not a primitive principle. A judgment is correct if the state of affairs corresponding to it subsists; and two contradictory judgments cannot both be correct because two contradictory states of affairs cannot both subsist. The law pertaining to judgments thus obtains its foundation from the corresponding law relating to states of affairs (376/114, n.40).(10)
Clearly, however, if Reinach's new logic is supposed to be simply a matter of substituting the term 'state of affairs' for terms like 'judgment' or 'proposition' as these occur in traditional formulations of logical principles, then there would be little reason for devoting our energies to the study of his work.

There is however a more fruitful reading of "Zur Theorie des negativen Urteils", a reading which suggests itself when we reflect on the context in which the work was written. It grew out of a long collaboration between Reinach and his Munich colleagues on the one hand and Husserl on the other, a collaboration which was directed to the clarification and extrapolation of ideas sketched by Husserl in his Logical Investigations. The most important of these ideas was that of providing a non-psychologistic foundation for logic in a way which would not, as in the theories of Bolzano and Frege (and in almost all subsequent writings on logic in the analytic tradition), simply detach logic from the empirically existing thinkings, deducings and inferrings in which logical structure is somehow embedded. Such a foundation would both allow us to affirm the necessity of logical laws and show how such laws are applicable to empirically occurring cognitive performances.(11) And now I should like to suggest that Reinach's contribution to providing such a foundation lies not simply in his having put forward the idea of a 'logic of states of affairs'. It consists no less importantly in his having presented the outlines of a theory of ontological structures in which not only states of affairs but also the associated cognitive acts and conditions of consciousness and the relevant objects in the world can be seen as being bound together in different ways. The very title of his lost work on logic, Wesen und Systematik des Urteils, as of its projected expansion, Urteil und Sachverhalt, reveals that the reconstructed discipline would have to do not merely with states of affairs but also with judgments.

Reinach's logic has important implications, therefore, for the ontology of cognition, and he himself provides in "Zur Theorie des negativen Urteils" a detailed account of the structural structural interconnections between:

(1) acts of judgment on the part of the cognising subject,

(2) his states or conditions of belief,


(3) the states of affairs with which he comes into cognitive contact.(12)

He tended, however, to divorce too radically the realm of states of affairs from the realm of objects -- anticipating Wittgenstein in the view that states of affairs are set apart from objects by the fact that it is only the latter which can be named. One task of the present paper, therefore, will be to extend Reinach's ontology of cognition to embrace also:

(4) the objects towards which the cognising subject is directed, for example in his acts of perception,

- where 'object' shall be understood as embracing not only continuants (substances, things), but also for example conditions, processes and events.

3. Intending Names

Philosophical investigations in semantics and cognitive theory have tended to take for granted the thesis that an account of the meanings of judgments, whether in semantic or in psychological terms, can take no account of the distinction between judgments which are true and judgments which are false. An investigation of the standard instances of the kind judgment will however unavoidably find itself awarding a special place to those judgments which are true and indeed our principal task in what follows will be to examine the relations true judgments bear, both to the states of affairs which make them true and to the various things, events and conditions associated therewith.

Such properly cognitive relations are established on the basis of more immediate and more primitive relations involving acts directed not towards states of affairs but towards objects. To follow Reinach's account of judgment we shall therefore need to spend some time at this more basic level. We shall begin by looking at his treatment of acts directed towards objects through the mediation of language.

Suppose, Reinach says,

I am counting off the mountains of Germany, either by calling out their names to someone else or by reciting them to myself. In doing this I utter a large number of names, perhaps very quickly one after the other, but obviously there is much more involved here than mere utterances; in uttering the words I mean something by them, i.e. precisely the mountains which they designate...whoever utters the words understandingly thereby aims - with them or through them - at something other (323/65).

Normally, of course, we use names not in isolation or in succession but rather in the company of expressions of other sorts. Consideration of the somewhat artificial case of the list will, however, enable us to bring into prominence certain issues relating to the intentionality of language which are too often skated over in the more usual, sentence-based accounts. For Reinach's account of what is involved in reading a list seems on the one hand to be a perfectly reasonable description of a phenomenon with which we are all familiar. Yet on closer inspection the idea that in merely reading off a list we should succeed thereby in aiming towards objects - towards mountains scattered across Germany - begins to seem like some form of magic. The subject executing the acts may be unable to make any substantive contribution of his own in achieving this directedness. He may be directed, in going through the list of names, to mountains in Germany of which he has no knowledge and of which he has never even heard. Reinach himself comes close to grasping how this feat is accomplished when he lays stress on the fact that acts of Meinen (of meaning or intending) must be 'tied up with the utterances of words' (343/66). For as we shall see, it is in a certain sense language which does the work in effecting that 'spontaneous directedness' which is here at issue.

4. The Representative Theory of Names

How, then, do names lend objective directedness to acts of intending (Meinen) of the given sort? How are names, as these figure in standard varieties of language-use, connected to the objects which they name? Some initial light may perhaps be thrown on this question if we reflect on a remark of Wittgenstein's to the effect that 'Die Möglichkeit des Satzes beruht auf dem Prinzip der Vertretung von Gegenständen durch Zeichen.'(13)

But what is this 'Vertretung'? Suppose that some person X is the Vertreter or representive of some other person or body Y and puts himself forward as such.(14) Having once satisfied ourselves of the validity of X's credentials, we tend thereafter - quite rightly - to accept him at his word, and to have dealings with him, without concerning ourselves too much with the principle for whom he stands proxy. It seems that something analogous holds also when we have to do with names. Having once established that the credentials of a given list, as a list of (names of) mountains, are in order - that the list is derived, say, from a reputable encyclopedia -, we tend thereafter to treat the names as directing us towards corresponding objects willy nilly, without going to the trouble of ascertaining the precise nature or reliability of the directedness in each particular case. It is for this reason that, when we are reading through a list, we normally do not need to concern ourselves in any special way with the successive objects listed. And what holds for lists holds also for names taken individually. There is a sense in which the name is something which goes proxy for, serves as a representative or substitute of, the named object.

Two sorts of questions can be asked about this name-object relation: concerning its origins in any given case - how does the relation get established? - , and concerning its intrinsic nature - in what does the relation consist? The distinction between standard and non-standard cases would have to play a role in the answer to both sorts of question, though we shall concentrate here on the latter only.(15) We note, first of all, that a human being can be a representative only if there exists some person or body for whom he stands proxy. Should the principle cease to exist, then the representative goes out of existence (or rather he ceases to function in his capacity as a representative: the representation becomes 'ineffective' as Reinach says).(16)

It seems, however, that a name can do (standard) duty as a name not merely in case the object which it names exists: it can continue to stand proxy for its object even when this object has ceased to exist. Indeed certain varieties of temporal object, for example battles and natural disasters, are in general baptised only in times after they have already occurred. The name-bearer relation is therefore distinguished (in the standard case) at least in this, that name and object stand in the relation of one-sided existential dependence expressed by:

(P1) A name cannot exist unless the object which it names exists or has existed in the past.

The relation in question is 'one-sided', rather than 'mutual', since the principle (P1) does not hold in reverse. An object can perfectly well exist or have existed without being named.

The term 'dependence', here, is used in the sense of Husserl's 3rd Logical Investigation (Husserl speaks also of 'foundation' or 'Fundierung').(17) Relations of existential dependence, both one-sided and mutual, mediate and immediate, will play a sizeable role in what follows. One virtue claimed for the approach here adopted is indeed the economy with which it can deal with a wide range of superficially heterogeneous phenomena in terms of the single framework of the theory of dependence or foundation relations between real objects. Both Husserl and Reinach apply the theory of dependence relations throughout their work. Neither, however, explicitly applies the theory to the relations between language and objects in the way suggested in the text: a use of language (or indeed any mental act) may stand at most in a relation of co-existence to its object.(18)

The principle (P1), so far as it goes, does indeed seem to hold for standard cases of the name-object relation. But it holds for other varieties of expression also. At a later stage in our inquiries we shall find that there is a sense in which even certain sorts of verb may, in given contexts, stand proxy for their objects. Here, however, it will be sufficient to note that the category of uses of language satisfying (P1) includes also those varieties of referring expression that are created in situ by a speaker who associates some occasional expression ('this', 'that', 'this hat', 'that cup') with an object that is present to him (and to his audience) in perception. Here, too, we have a relation of one-sided dependence between utterance and object, and what we have to say about uses of names in what follows will be seen to apply, ceteris paribus, to utterances of this type also.

The family of non-standard cases of the name-object relation is very large. It includes, somewhat paradoxically, those cases where a name calls itself to the attention of its user in its function as a representative, for example where it is used as a symbol in a religious rite. For it is standardly the case in our use of names that the names themselves play only an oblique role: no sooner are we directed to them in consciousness than they bow off the stage in favour of their objects. Other non-standard cases are those where, through slips of the tongue, we mean one object despite the fact that we have used the name of another. Such cases can only occur, however, where there is some independent knowledge of or reference to the object meant on the part of the subject in question. A more problematic variety of non-standard case is provided by so-called empty names such as 'Pegasus' or 'Sherlock Holmes'. These are, from the point of view of the representative theory, mere pieces of language masquerading as names - much as an insincere utterance of the words 'I promise' or 'I apologise' may masquerade as a social act of promising or apologising in certain contexts. An empty name, according to the present conception, is rather like a forged signature or bank-note: it is a 'name' only in a modified sense. Reinach himself seems to take a Meinongian view of this matter, a view according to which empty names are in fact standard names of so-called non-existent objects.(19) We shall however ignore this aspect of Reinach's philosophy here, since we are seeking to show how his ideas may throw light on our cognitive access to what is real.

5. What's in a Name?

How, now, do name and object relate - in the standard case - to the mental acts of meaning or intending with which they are associated? This is a complex problem, a fully adequate treatment of which would involve consideration - at the level of both species and individual instance - of the name as used physical sign (as a phonological or graphological structure) and of the name as sign meant and understood by speaker and hearer. Further, it would involve a consideration of the question how the same name can be used both in an overt linguistic utterance and in silent speech. For the sake of simplicity, however, I shall here ignore these complexities and talk somewhat loosely of the name as used. The remarks above on the one-sided dependence of name and object should be adjusted accordingly: not the name, but the name as (standardly) used on some particular occasion of utterance, is such that it cannot exist unless its object exists or has existed in the past.

How, then, does the name as used relate to the act in which it gets used to mean or intend an object? An act of meaning or intending must be linguistically clothed: it is 'tied up with the utterance of words'. (323/66) But equally, a used name, if it is to be more than merely a complex of graphic or phonic marks, must be associated with an act of Meinen. Here, too, it is relations of existential dependence which we have before us. More precisely, there is a relation of two-sided dependence between name and Meinen, and the whole structure of mediate dependence between act, name and object may be depicted somewhat as follows:


Diagram 1

In such a picture the elements of the picture are representatives of objects. A solid frame signifies that the object depicted exists independently (does not require any other object in order to exist).(20) Single lines connecting broken to solid walls of adjacent frames represent relations of one-sided dependence; double lines connecting adjacent broken walls represent relations of two-sided or mutual dependence.(21) Discrete frames connected neither directly nor indirectly by lines of dependence represent discrete objects. Such frames behave exactly like the ovoids of Venn or Euler diagrams. Objects represented by connected frames, however, may overlap, or indeed stand to each other in a relation of (proper) part to whole. Taken in isolation, therefore, the diagram above tells us nothing as to the mereological relations between the objects depicted by its respective frames.

This diagram is of course greatly simplified: thus for example an act of Meinen will normally stand in dependence relations to other, adjacent acts and conditions of the relevant subject, and all of the depicted objects will have a more or less complex internal structure of their own, not here depicted. These simplifications will however be eliminated, to some extent, in the course of our discussions.

6. Presentation

It is not only that sort of directedness which involves what Husserl calls 'unfulfilled' or 'purely signitive' uses of language which enables us to reach out to objects in the world. We can be directed to objects also in such a way that the objects themselves are present to us - as, most obviously, in cases of acts of perception. Such direct presentation is indispensable to cognition, at least insofar as cognition of realia is concerned. A consciousness whose directedness to real objects was restricted to the mere intending of names might indeed have some sort of knowledge of these objects, but if it were incapable of being somehow cashed out in terms of knowledge that is not merely signitive then it would be knowledge of a very inferior sort.

The various sorts of acts in which objects are presented - as opposed to being merely meant - are called by Reinach Vorstellungen, a term here translated as 'presentation'.(22)

As we have seen, an act of Meinen is mediately dependent upon its object. (See Diagram 1.) An act of presentation, on the other hand, is characterised by an immediate dependence: it is of its object in the strongest possible sense (cf. 328/71). We see and hear, at least in normal cases, the things themselves, not intermediary images, pictures or sense data, and we are brought into contact with the things themselves in our acts of perception in such a way that we do not have to call in aid linguistic proxies.(23)

The relative proximity to its object of an act of presentation is manifested in the fact that, as Reinach points out:

Anything which is presented is such that we can turn toward it with a specific interest, raise it up out of its surroundings, concern ourselves with its specific traits. In the sphere of meaning, in contrast, there is no possibility of such modifications. (324/67)

Given that an act of presentation is itself dependent on its subject (on the relevant perceiving organism), this act may be considered as a relation between this subject and the object presented thereto, somewhat as follows:


Diagram 2(24)

Here, however, we are interested only in the dependence relation on the right-hand side. This relation is not analytic: it is not a mere reflection of our conceptual stipulations (a charge which can very easily be levelled against dependence relations of the sort that are depicted in Diagram 1). This is shown by the fact that the act of presentation is sensitive in its internal structure to (among other things) the structure of the presented object, as would become clear were we to take account in our diagram of the internal structures of the objects depicted. As Reinach himself puts it, there exist

essential connections which correlate of necessity the various types of object with corresponding types of presenting acts. Colours can after all only be seen... One sees immediately that a quite different situation obtains for the case of acts of meaning an object. We speak understandingly of colours, tones, values, numbers, physical things...but there are no qualitative differences on the side of acts of meaning which would correspond to the qualitative differences among the objects (325/68).

Yet meaning acts may clearly be accompanied by intuitive images of various sorts. Reinach however insists that our understanding of language is independent of such images. His rejection of the idea that linguistic meaning is to be explained in terms of ideas or images is in fact no less vehement than that of the later Wittgenstein. Associated images are for Reinach still more remote from the object than is the act of Meinen: the intuitions accompanying - and sometimes outlasting - an act of Meinen are 'mere schemata', having

only an insignificant influence upon the steady succession of acts of meaning, like ripples on the surface of a river... They do not 'exhibit' or 'present' anything - for of course in the sphere of Meinen there is absolutely nothing to hand which is presented. Rather, they partake of an existence which floats quite free from the object that is meant (328/71).

 Or, again:

I hear the sentence 'Orange lies between red and yellow', and I understand this sentence. I can understand it without it being the case that I have the intended state of affairs before me in any way. The understanding can be entirely non-intuitive; and even in those cases where images and schemata of all kinds rise to the surface, this activity should not be confused with the state of affairs standing before me intuitively.(25)

There are also however those cases, already mentioned in passing above, where the intending use of a name - or more commonly of an indexical expression like 'this' or 'that' - is connected together in a single consciousness with a presentation of the intended object (323f./66). This results in a structure of the sort depicted in Diagram 3:


Diagram 3

Each such indexical Meinen is founded upon an associated presentation: it exploits this presentation to gain its objectual directedness (as when, looking up into the sky, I say 'that bird is flying high'). A normal (and non-anaphoric) use of an expression like 'that bird' stands not merely in need of grammatical completion (in such a way as to yield a sentential utterance); it must be completed also by some sort of heterogrammatical phenomenon, normally by acts of perception on the part of both speaker and hearer.(26) Something has gone wrong, or very special contextual conditions are in force, if I say 'that bird is flying high' in the absence of an associated perception, either on my own part or on the part of my interlocuter.(27)

This last example should alert us to the fact that dependence diagrams of the sort here illustrated can be used not only as a means of setting out the structures of standard cases. They can be used also as a means of gaining an overview of different types of candidate non-standard cases: we need only imagine specific elements depicted in a given diagram to have been eliminated, or somehow modified. The case just mentioned is that which results when we imagine that there is lacking an appropriate presentation. Another such case is yielded when we imagine that the object is missing (as when I say 'that bird is flying high', but I have been deceived by a trick of the light and there is no bird), and further cases come about when we imagine various different sorts of mismatch between the elements involved.


7. What is a Sachverhalt?

Reinach himself is reluctant to answer this question. He lists certain characteristics of states of affairs:

they are that which is believed and affirmed, which stand in the relation of ground and consequent, which possess modalities, and which stand in the relation of contradictory positivity and negativity (341/86),(28)

and he tells us that these determinations are sufficient, that is, every entity to which they apply is a state of affairs. He clearly thinks that they are sufficient also in the sense that through them the reader is sufficiently informed about what a state of affairs is. But he recognises that they do not strictly speaking constitute a definition of the term 'state of affairs'. He argues, however, that it is

questionable, for such most primitive objectual formations as states of affairs, things and processes, whether definitions are possible at all, and whether, if they were possible, we could achieve anything with their aid (341/86).

Yet in the absence of a positive determination of the nature of Sachverhalte and of the connections between Sachverhalte and objects (or 'factual material': unterliegende sachliche Tatbestandsmaterial), Reinach cannot be sure that the characteristics of states of affairs which he lists are or even could be satisfied simultaneously by any entities at all.(29)

We are offered something in the way of a more positive account, but this is within the terms of a Platonism which Reinach shared Husserl and Meinong. We are told that

(a) Sachverhalte are independent of any judgment or cognition on our part;

(b) that they constitute a special 'realm', distinct from the realm of objects;


(c) that they enjoy an eternal existence: objects (realia), for Reinach, may come and go, but Sachverhalte are immutable (a view which is of course almost exactly the reverse of that embraced by Wittgenstein in the Tractatus).(30)

There are, however, some passages in "Zur Theorie des negativen Urteils", passages almost certainly reflecting the influence of Reinach's other mentor, Johannes Daubert, which suggest a different, ontologically more modest approach to Sachverhalte - one which can allow at least some Sachverhalte a place within the real, material world.(31)

Thus Reinach tells us, in relation to the Sachverhalte picked out by the judgments 'this rose is red', 'redness inheres in this rose', 'this rose forms the substrate of this redness', that

it is the same factual material which lies at the basis of each, but they comprehend this factual material in quite different ways and in quite different directions (336/79).

And similarly:

The red rose exists, the rose is red, a specific instance of red inheres in this rose; the rose is not white, not yellow, etc. The red rose, this dingliche Einheitskomplex is the factual material which underlies each and every one of these states of affairs. (340/85)

Such Sachverhalte, then, are somehow founded on a certain factual material (a certain complex of rose and colour-instance), and the differences between them have to do with the ways in which this material is 'comprehended' [aufgefasst] by judgments or concepts. It is this account of Sachverhalte which we shall elaborate below. Of course, when Reinach himself says that a certain complex of objects 'underlies' a state of affairs, he himself could not have had explicitly in mind the idea that the objects are such that the state of affairs is founded or dependent on them in the precise sense of Husserl's theory of dependence relations. For to say that a foundation relation obtains between a and b is to say, in the simplest possible case, that a is necessarily such that it cannot exist unless b exists. The existence of a is somehow tied to that of b. Clearly if either a or b exist necessarily, then such a relation cannot obtain. Foundation relations obtain, then, only between contingently existing entities, and a view of Sachverhalte as contingent entities would conflict with Reinach's Platonism.

In fact it seems that Reinach is unable, within this Platonistic framework, to give any very satisfactory account of the relation between objects and states of affairs. Why, then, was he attracted by the Platonistic idea? First of all, because he had formulated his conception of logic as a theory of states of affairs in order to solve - in a Husserlian spirit - the problem of psychologism. He therefore held that, in order to guarantee the necessity of logical laws, it was necessary to grant to Sachverhalte a special, extraterrestrial status of just the sort which was granted to propositions by Bolzano and by Frege. The applicability of logic to human cognitive performances would then be guaranteed by showing how mental acts and states may relate, in different ways, to Sachverhalte thus conceived. Reinach adopted a Platonistic position also however because he held - with Meinong and Marty - that in order to uphold the correspondence theory of truth in its full generality it is necessary to suppose that to each variety of judgment there is correlated an appropriate variety of truth-making states of affairs.(32) This applies, in particular, to negative judgments, which would be correlated with 'negative states of affairs'. And now, whilst it may be possible to conceive a positive state of affairs like this rose is red as some sort of real complex, no such view is possible for negative states of affairs like this rose is not yellow or unicorns do not exist, for the latter cannot be counted as denizens of the real world alongside things, processes and events.

Both Wittgenstein's Tractatus, which embraces only positive states of affairs, and Ingarden's critique of Reinach's theory in Der Streit um die Existenz der Welt, which sees negative states of affairs as enjoying an inferior (merely intentional) status, show that it is possible to develop a correspondence theory within a non-Platonistic framework.(33) Our task here, however, is the more modest one of providing an account of the structures of the simplest and most straightforward varieties of positive states of affairs and of the cognitive acts and states bound up therewith. And we shall see that it is possible to develop a non- Platonistic conception of such states of affairs by making use of Reinach's idea (336/79) that Sachverhalte are entities in which given real objects are 'comprehended... in different ways and in different directions'. Details of this conception will follow shortly. At this stage we need point out only that it will involve the thesis that states of affairs stand in a relation of foundation to the objects they comprehend.

8. Judgment and Belief

What, now, about the properly cognitive relations of judgment and belief - relations which are directed not towards objects but towards states of affairs? How are these relations built up on the basis of the different sorts of object- directedness treated in Part One? Here it will turn out that indexical phenomena have a particularly important role to play, for it is such phenomena which mediate between the direct access to objects which occurs in presentation and the indirect access to objects via states of affairs which is characteristic of cognition in the strict sense. In order to do full justice to these matters, however, we shall have to deal not only with:

(1) the meaning or intending of an object by means of a name,

(2) the presentation of an object in perception,

(3) the indexical meaning of an object which comes about when meaning and presentation operate in consort with each other,(34)

but also with three further sorts of relation (with three determinates of the determinable 'cognition'):

(4) the apprehension that such and such is the case,

(5) the conviction that such and such is the case,


(6) the assertion that such and such is the case.

Quite special difficulties are raised by these last relations. As will soon become clear, the structures involved are woven together to such an extent that it is difficult to deal with any one without dealing simultaneously with all the others.

9. Apprehension (Seeing That)(35)

Apprehension is something like the reading off of a state of affairs from the perceived surface of reality. 'Whether one is speaking of what is visible, of what is audible or of what is smellable,' Reinach tells us, 'the corresponding state of affairs will not itself be seen, heard or smelt but rather apprehended' (342/87). Apprehending is like Meinen in being temporally of a completely punctual nature and in admitting of no gradations of certainty of the kind which lead from conviction to doubt (334/90). Apprehension is unlike Meinen, however, in that it is not essential to it that it be linguistically clothed. Reinach's theory implies, in fact, that it is not the act of apprehension which is brought to expression in language, but the state of belief or conviction that is founded thereon. An apprehension does not need to call in aid the help of language because in every case it gains its directedness to its object through a presentation. Indeed we can assert the principle:

(P2) If an instance of the species apprehension (seeing that) occurs, then as a matter of necessity one or more instances of the species presentation (seeing, hearing, etc.) occur also.

The dependence in question is one-sided: the majority of our presentations are not accompanied by acts of apprehension - if only for the reason that presentation manifests a foreground/background structure, and only that which belongs to the foreground of any given presentation can serve as object of an apprehending act.

Apprehending, we can now say, is the core act in which we are related to states of affairs in the world of what happens and is the case. There are also however derivative acts in which we are so related, acts not founded wholly and directly on presentations of underlying objects but rather, for example, on memory. Thus there is what Reinach calls the 'bare bringing to mind' of a state of affairs:

I can bring to mind from memory the being red of the rose, without needing to perceive the rose itself. Just as the apprehension of the state of affairs rested upon a genuine presentation of the thing, so this bringing to mind of the state of affairs rests on a mere bringing to mind of that same thing. (343/88)

There is also a variety of bringing to mind of states of affairs which involves the essential mediation of language, for example as occurs in our use of written or spoken testimony. Here there may be lacking even the mediate connection to reality which is vouchsafed by memory. And then of course the mediate seeing that which is involved, e.g. in the reading and taking in of a newspaper article, is essentially different from the immediate apprehension which is involved in hearing that the explosion has occurred or in seeing that the peach before me is red.

The bringing to mind of states of affairs can be, within given boundaries, an almost ad libitum affair:

to a given thing as body of factual material [zu demselben Dingtatbestand] there belongs a plenitude of states of affairs. Thus on the basis of the bringing to mind of the rose, I can bring to mind the being red of the rose, the being non-yellow of the rose, and so on (343/88).

And of course this freedom in bringing to mind states of affairs extends even further, for example to those kinds of acts with which we are familiar in our experiences of fiction (experiences which involve also the use of name-like expressions where there is no right-hand relatum of the resulting act).

10. Conviction

The origin of conviction, in the standard case, is described by Reinach as follows:

Imagine that there has arisen a question between myself and someone else concerning the colour of a particular object. I step up to the object and I see that it is red. The being red of the object is here given to me, and as it comes to be given to me there develops within me the relevant conviction or belief that the object is red (317/59).

As he points out, the conviction that is immediately founded in an act of apprehending may endure even when appropriate reconfirming apprehensions are no longer available. It is also necessarily such that it is able to find direct or immediate expression, i.e. become linguistically clothed in an assertion (317/59: see 12 below).

We are using the terms 'belief' and 'conviction' interchangeably, as translations of Reinach's 'Überzeugung'. Reinach employs this term to designate something which he describes as 'actual', cognate with phenomena such as conjecture and doubt, and contrasted with dispositions, which are merely latent.(36)

Reinach thereby distinguishes between states of belief, and what results when such states pass away to 'leave behind...inactual knowledge', for example in certain sorts of memory (355/97). The state or condition of belief is actual in the sense that, at all times during the period for which it endures, we can become immediately aware of it in reflection. It is not actual, however, in any sense which would imply that it could be identified with sequences of mental acts (320/63). In fact, in order to produce a theory that is adequate to the various dimensions of structure in consciousness it is necessary to distinguish between at least three different categories:(37)

1. events (which are punctual in nature): for example an act of judging or deciding;

2. processes (which take time but in such a way that their successive phases are not homogeneous), for example a process of deliberating or following an argument;

3. states or conditions (which take time but in such a way that their successive phases are homogeneous) - category 3. being further divided into actual and non-actual cases.

Here we are concerned more specifically with that kind of conviction or belief which develops on the basis of the apprehension of states of affairs. As we have seen, such conviction can outlive the apprehension on which it is founded; indeed it can endure even when the state of affairs in question no longer obtains. Just as apprehending is the core act in which we become related to states of affairs, the act in which we become related to states of affairs in the standard case, so conviction founded in apprehending is the core condition in which we continue to be so related for a longer or shorter period of time thereafter.

Conviction, in the standard case, is founded on apprehension. It might therefore be supposed that we could conceive conviction and apprehension as bound together by a one- sided relation of dependence of just the sort that holds between apprehension and presentation - with the single difference that conviction is an enduring condition (state, Zustand, hexis), where apprehension is a punctual act. Closer reflection suggests, however, that an act which might putatively be described as one of apprehension which did not immediately give rise to a conviction of the corresponding content would have all the marks of a non-standard case (compare a putative promise which did not immediately give rise to mutually correlated claim and obligation). For what would it be like for me to apprehend, say, that it is raining, and yet not believe it, not even momentarily?

This suggests the principle:

(P3) An act of apprehending is necessarily such that it cannot exist unless an associated conviction, relating to one and the same Sachverhalt, comes into being with the performance of the act in question.

Given that we also have:

(P4) A state of conviction is necessarily such that it cannot exist unless an associated act of apprehension exists or has existed,

it follows that conviction, or more precisely that type of standard conviction which is here at issue, stands to apprehension in a relation of mutual foundation.

We might conceive the act of apprehension as something like the threshold from presentation to conviction. Apprehension is also, as we shall conceive matters, founded one-sidedly on the apprehended state of affairs,(38) and this in turn - according to the account to be presented below - is founded on associated objects. Further, like conviction and presentation, apprehension is founded on the relevant subject. This gives rise to a structure somewhat as follows:

Diagram 4(39)

 We might read this diagram as follows:

- subject and objects exist independently;(40)

- the act of assertion is founded one-sidedly on the subject, on his state of conviction, and on the relevant state of affairs;(41)

- the state of conviction is founded one-sidedly on the subject and on the state of affairs, and mutually on the act of apprehending;(42)

- the act of apprehending is founded one-sidedly on subject, state of affairs and presentation, and mutually on the state of conviction to which it gives rise;

- the presentation is founded one-sidedly on the subject and on the objects perceived;

- the state of affairs is founded one-sidedly on the objects which it comprehends.

There are different routes through this diagram. When a conviction has been established, then it continues to be referred to (bezogen auf) one and the same state of affairs, but there will normally come a time when this objectual reference is no longer mediated through a presentation of the given state of affairs.

11. Derivative Forms of Conviction

The most common variety of non-standard conviction is that which is established on the basis of an apprehension that is false:

If I discern from afar the approach of a cyclist, then speaking purely descriptively this is an apprehension even should it be the case that in reality it is not a cyclist at all who is approaching but rather, say, a cow (375/90, n. 26).
Reinach places all states of affairs, both positive and negative, subsisting and non-subsisting, on the same ontological level, drawing distinctions between them only in regard to the manner of our cognitive access. Hence in regard to the distinction between true and false apprehension - as the distinction between apprehension of subsisting and non-subsisting states of affairs - he has very little to say. In what follows, however, we shall find it indispensable to emphasise the difference between true and false judgments (and between their respective ontological correlates) - and to seethe latter as derivative of the former - and then, given the general aims of the present essay, it will be incumbent upon us to concentrate the bulk of our attentions on the non-derivative case.

Reinach does provide a detailed treatment of a related family of non-central cases of cognitive access, cases involving negative conviction:

If we simply look out at the world which surrounds us, we are confronted by a plenitude of states of affairs which we behold, and towards which our convictions are subsequently related. It is clear that only positive convictions can develop in this way. A negative conviction could never arise through a simple reading off of a state of affairs from without; for such a conviction always presupposes that we approach an existing state of affairs with a prior intellectual attitude relating to a second, conflicting state of affairs. The conflicting state of affairs may be, for example, believed, conjectured, doubted, or merely put into question, but as we behold the other state of affairs the original positive conviction or conjecture, doubt, uncertainty or question becomes transmuted into or finds its answer in a negative conviction or disbelief (333/75f.)

First comes prior conviction in some non-obtaining state of affairs S; then comes apprehension of a conflicting state of affairs S; and this in turn brings about a disbelief (negative conviction) in S. Diagrammatically, this might be represented as follows:

Diagram 5(43)

This negative conviction in a positive state of affairs is to be contrasted, on Reinach's theory, with the case of positive conviction in a negative state of affairs. The latter presupposes the apprehension of an associated positive state of affairs, as for example when we acquire the positive conviction that John is not smaller than Tom. This can come about, Reinach would argue, only on the basis of the apprehension that Tom is smaller than (or has the same height as) John. The difference between this and the former case lies in the fact that

there it was necessary that a state of affairs be apprehended which stood in conflict with the judged positive state of affairs. Here in contrast the judged negative state of affairs stands with the apprehended [positive] state of affairs in a relation of necessary connection of such a kind that the subsistence of the one is directly bound up with the subsistence of the other (353/96).(44)
It is not our business here to deal with the detailed implications of Reinach's subtle and original theory of the different possible combinations of positive and negative conviction and judgment. Suffice it to point out that he distinguishes two principal ways in which negation may play a role in our cognitive experience. On the one hand we have what he calls the simple negative judgment (simple negative assertion), resting on a positive conviction in a negative state of affairs. And on the other hand we have the polemical negative judgment, resting on a negative conviction and directed not towards a state of affairs but towards another judgment, one which is taken to embody error. As Reinach points out, this latter, polemical negative judgment plays by far the more prominent role in the practice of science. Science has little room for simple negative judgments: it is concerned to establish how things are, not how they are not.

There is one further non-standard variety of conviction which it is perhaps worth mentioning in passing. Diagram 4 depicts conviction and apprehension as mutually dependent on each other. There is however a broader notion of 'conviction' which results when this restriction is abandoned: one can perflectly well be convinced of something in this wider sense without oneself having apprehended that it is the case. The process of education, we might suppose, consists primarily in instilling convictions of this derivative sort, and Cartesian philosophy rests on the presupposition that it is possible to eliminate all such derivative convictions in favour of convictions that are well-founded in apprehending acts. An intermediate case between well-founded and instilled conviction would be the case where one acquires convictions through the reading of a text or the following of an argument. To the extent, however, that such reading gives rise to conviction in the strict and proper sense, then apprehensions on the part of the reader are involved. I leave aside here consideration of those religious dogmas - e.g. the dogma of the Trinity - in relation to which it is sometimes claimed that conviction may obtain without even the possibility of apprehension.

12. Assertion

Returning, now, to the standard cases of cognitive access, it is time to address ourselves to the structures that are involved when the conviction directed to a state of affairs becomes expressed in an assertion. Assertion relates to apprehension in the sphere of judgment in very much the way that Meinen relates to presentation in the sphere of object-directed acts. An apprehending is distinguished by the fact that the correlated state of affairs is 'in the fullest sense, there for me, where in an assertion it is in contrast merely meant' (344/89). An assertion, that is to say, gains its directedness to objects, and therefore also to states of affairs, only via linguistic proxies. Assertions are 'made', Reinach says; they are put together out of words. Thus an assertion 'is totally different from any condition, and is much rather to be characterised as a spontaneous act' (320/62). Even if apprehension and assertion should take place simultaneously, we should have to deal with two distinct acts, one involving Meinen, the other involving presentation. From the point of view of the dependence structures involved, apprehension comes first. Apprehension gives rise to conviction, on the foundation of which an assertion may then be erected in turn. Indeed an assertion must, according to Reinach, be built up on the basis of a condition of belief in the relevant state of affairs. Where such conviction is lacking we have not assertion but some other, derivative phenomenon. As Reinach puts it:

No assertion is possible which is not accompanied by an underlying conviction which is such that both the assertion and the belief relate to something strictly identical. It is, in contrast, not necessary that every conviction or belief founds an assertion, and it is even excluded that an assertion should underlie a conviction (320/62).

This conviction must in addition be positive:

It belongs to the essence of assertion (assertive positing) that that which is asserted is believed; thus if there should develop in the sphere of conviction a disbelief then it must be transmuted into a belief in the contradictory state of affairs before an assertion can develop out of it (355/97).

Even a negative assertion must be founded on a positive conviction (otherwise it is not an assertion but some other, derivative phenomenon). This was acknowledged also by Frege, whose Begriffsschrift recognises only one (positive) moment of assertive force.

Now Brentano, as is well known, claimed that every judgment is necessarily founded on a presentation (cf. 330/73f.).(45)

This is clearly not so, Reinach argues, if the term judgment' is used in the sense of assertion:

Here one must not allow oneself to be led astray by the apparently self-evident thesis that I can only judge about that which I know, and which is, therefore, somehow present to me (329/72).

Certainly I must be related in some way - and in some sense - to that about which I make an assertion, but it is not only presentation which can provide such a relation. As we have seen, I can be related to objects also in acts of Meinen - a variety of act which is not recognised by Brentano, whose understanding of the relation of language and thinking is in general less sophisticated than that of either Husserl or Reinach. Indeed an act or acts of Meinen, as Reinach points out, 'constitute the necessary foundation for every act of assertion' (329/72).

Yet from following through Reinach's own analyses, we can see that there is a grain of truth in Brentano's claim. Consider, first, that central case of assertion which is founded on conviction rooted in perceptual apprehension - the case illustrated in Diagram 4. Here it is certainly true that there is a route from assertion to state of affairs (and from there to objects judged about) which does not involve the mediation of presentation. But it is still true that the assertion is founded, mediately, on a presentation - even though the presentation is typically one that existed in the past. It is therefore only in regard to the derivative cases, where conviction is founded not on perceptual apprehension but e.g. on memory or on what Reinach calls 'knowing about', that Brentano's claim may be called into doubt (cf. 330/73f.). But even here there is some route back to presentations and to the convictions associated therewith, even though these presentations need not be one's own (they may be, for example, those of the author of an article in an encyclopedia). Such a route would seem to be entirely lacking only in cases where, for example, a fictional text is mistakenly interpreted as fact, or where an assertion is made by someone on the basis of the acceptance as truth of someone else's lie. And even in the latter, deviant cases there will always be some presentations involved (for example presentations of the corresponding pieces of language). Assertion cannot spring from out of nowhere.

13. Assertion and Sachverhalt

Regarding the structure of an assertion, Reinach tells us that we may distinguish 'the specific moment of assertion on the one hand from the constituent of meaning or intending (Meinen) on the other' (330/72). 'It is the moment of assertion which makes the negative judgment, just as much as the positive judgment, into a judgment at all' (362/105). The moment of assertion in the Reinachian framework is therefore equivalent to Frege's 'assertive force'. The assertion is constituted from both moment of assertion and total meaning (Gesamtmeinen),(46) the former being founded on the latter. This total meaning may also be governed by, for example, the moment of questioning (356/98).

The moment of assertion attains through the meaning- component its relation to the relevant state of affairs - its 'foothold in the facts', to use Ryle's expression.(47) It thereby attains its relation to the relevant objects though the signs used in the making of the assertion. In the simplest possible case this gives rise to a structure something like this (the reader is asked to suppose that the assertion in question is made by someone who has in mind, or in sight, some one particular hit):

Diagram 6

As already stated in connection with Diagram 1, objects pictured by discrete frames in such a diagram need not themselves be discrete. Normally it is clear from the nature of the objects represented whether or not they may overlap (or stand in other mereological relations). Thus in Diagram 3, for example, act of presentation and used name are clearly discrete from each other. In the present case, however, our diagram involves in this respect two important ambiguities, not so easily resolved.

The diagram is first of all consistent both with a view according to which the Gesamtmeinen is discrete from the respective intendings of names, and also with a view according to which it includes these intendings as proper parts. The latter view - which sees the assertion as just a certain determinately formed complex of intendings of names governed by a certain assertive force - is clearly in a certain sense more economical. Yet it has the consequence that it rules out any conception of the act of assertion as a temporally punctual event, since the separate acts of intending which would then be its parts succeed each other in time. That an act of assertion is punctual is something which Reinach takes for granted (cf. 320/62), and it seems clear that it is at least phenomenologically not capable of being interrupted. For this reason, therefore, we prefer to view the assertion as being discrete from the acts of intending of names (and of course of expressions of other sorts - to be dealt with shortly) upon which it is founded. Even this interpretation leaves us however with the question: when does the assertion take place? With the execution of the first act of Meinen? Of the last act? We shall not seek to answer this question here. We note only that exactly the same question arises with regard to the hearing of a melody: do we hear the melody already when we hear the first note? Only when we have registered all the notes?

The second, parallel ambiguity turns on the question whether the Sachverhalt is to be conceived as discrete from the respective founding objects or as being such as to include these objects as parts. Of course, given our diagrammatic conventions, we could retain an open mind on this question, merely noting once again that an exactly parallel question arises in relation to the melody that we hear. (Does it comprehend its notes as parts? Or is it rather, as Ehrenfels argued, a special Gestalt quality, founded on the notes but discrete therefrom?(48)) Even a somewhat rudimentary treatment of this problem will however bring us a long way towards an adequate positive conception of states of affairs.

Reinach himself is clear that Sachverhalte are built up out of elements. He points out, for example, that 'states of affairs, as these constitute themselves in assertion, cannot be simply stuck together, as it were, out of arbitrary elements: they are rather subject to definite laws of constitution.' (367/111) It would be wrong, however, to infer from passages such as this that Reinach himself identifies the elements in question with objects in the real world. For it seems that if Sachverhalte were to have real parts, then they would inherit from these parts the character of existing in time (or at least of possessing a history), and this is incompatible with Reinach's Platonism. Reinachian Sachverhaltselemente are peculiar categorial counterparts of objects in the world.(49) Having unburdened ourselves of this Platonistic side of Reinach's philosophy, however, there is nothing standing in the way of our conceiving Sachverhaltselemente as objects existing in reality, and of working out the implications, within this more modest framework, of the idea that in a Sachverhalt objects are not merely linked together but also 'comprehended' [aufgefasst] in some special way.

14. How are Objects bound together in a Sachverhalt?

To answer this question we must first of all consider in more detail the relation between Sachverhalte and corresponding assertions. It is possible to distinguish two broad positions in this regard. The one sees Sachverhalte as dependent on assertions, awarding priority to the logical (or logico- grammatical) structures of the sentences used to express the latter. Logical structures are as it were read into Sachverhalte, which are reduced to the status of mere intentional correlates of acts of judgment. The other sees assertions as in some sense - to be more closely explained - dependent on or merely correlated with corresponding Sachverhalte, and therefore awards priority to ontological, as opposed to logical, structures. This gives rise to a view according to which the parts of the assertion (and thereby also, derivatively, the elements of the used sentence) have different functions corresponding to the different ways in which the elements of the correlated state of affairs are related together.(50) Reinach's work contain perhaps the most sophisticated treatment of this second position, and - even after abstracting from the Platonistic elements in this work - we can learn a great deal concerning what such a position might involve from what he has to say.

The acts of meaning which are involved in the making of an assertion, Reinach tells us, do not 'appear side by side, unrelated to each other - as little as do the successive experiences of hearing the notes of a melody' (356/98). For Reinach, however, it is the unity of the Sachverhalt which constrains the building up of an act of assertion and makes possible that peculiar sort of unity which such an act involves. Of course, this does not mean that every assertion gains its unity from a corresponding Sachverhalt. Some assertions - for example assertions in mathematics, or false or metaphorical assertions - may correspond directly to no Sachverhalte at all. Rather, we can say, the forms of unity available to us in the making of assertions are derivative of the forms of unity manifested by the simple Sachverhalte with which we come into contact in standard cases of cognitive access. This is in part a matter of developmental psychology: we become acquainted, in our infancy, not merely with different sorts of simple objects, but also with different varieties of simple Sachverhalte, and we learn to associate with the latter simple assertions from a relatively restricted repertoire of canonical sentence-patterns.(51) At this stage, then, there is a direct constraining connection between Sachverhalt and utterance. Later we learn to make assertions independently of direct experience, and even to extend the learned sentential forms in ways which rule out the possibility of corresponding Sachverhalte.

It is only one aspect of the contrast between simple and derived assertions which is of interest to us here, however. In the literature on Sachverhalte in the analytic tradition it has normally been assumed

1) that there is a division between logically simple and logically complex assertions,


2) that this division - at least for those assertions which are true - gives rise to an exactly corresponding division between atomic and molecular states of affairs.

Criticisms of both these assumptions from the realist perspective have been set forth elsewhere.(52) For our present purposes, however, it will do no harm if we assume that expressions like 'and', 'hence' and 'not' as applied to sentences reflect certain corresponding forms of unity in complex states of affairs. The ogical constants do not represent. This characteristically Tractarian thesis is expressed by Reinach as follows:

Words such as 'and', 'but', 'also', 'hence', 'not', and so on, are understood in the course of the understanding utterance of sentences without our being able to say that they are guided by acts of meaning objectual correlates - as are, say, the words 'Socrates' or 'tree'. It is indubitable that when I utter one of these words understandingly in the context of a sentence then there is something more than the utterance itself which is involved;... but it is equally indubitable that this something more is not a direction towards something objectual in the sense earlier delineated. For what could this objectual something be, which would correspond to 'also' or 'but'? (358/101.)

Words like 'and', 'hence' and 'not' express rather certain functions, for example the function of combining two or more states of affairs to form a single complex. (359f./101f.) To see precisely what this involves, we need to consider the structures of atomic states of affairs, states of affairs which correspond to assertions expressed by sentences involving no logical constants.(53)

The first kind of unity which is manifested by atomic Sachverhalte, I shall argue, is the unity of foundation relations. If John has a headache, than that process or condition which is John's headache stands in a single relation of one-sided foundation to the substance which is John. If Mary kisses John, then that process which is Mary's kissing stands in two relations of one-sided foundation, to John and to Mary. Following through this idea in the obvious way gives rise to a taxonomy of possible forms of atomic Sachverhalte, somewhat as follows:

Diagram 7(54)

In a state of affairs objects fit into one another like the links of a chain. Each atomic Sachverhalt is what we might call an integral chain in the sense that the associated diagrammatic representation is such that if any frame is removed then either (1) there results a splitting of the diagram into disconnected pieces, or (2) the resultant is ill-formed in the sense that it contains dependent frames not connected to their fundamenta.

Non-atomic Sachverhalte can therefore arise in one of three sorts of ways:

I. a Sachverhalt may lack unity in the sense that there are elements not connected to each other by dependence relations, either mediate or immediate. (For example the Sachverhalt, if there is one, which would make true the judgment 'John is jumping and Mary has a migraine'.)(55)

II. a Sachverhalt may possess unity - all its elements are connected - , but it is unity of a sort which results when two or more distinct but overlapping Sachverhalte are run together into a single whole ('John is hungry and has a headache').

III. a Sachverhalt may contain 'inessential elements', elements which can be removed without detriment to the residue.

The states of affairs in categories I. and II. correspond to logically complex Sachverhalte as these are normally understood (though the fact that there are two ontologically distinct sorts of logical complexity is rarely recognised). Those in category III. may be illustrated as follows (the inessential elements being marked with an asterisk):

Diagram 8

Cases of the sort depicted in Diagram 8 are discussed by Reinach in some detail:

When the building up of a state of affairs has once begun, this cannot be arbitrarily broken off or brought to an end but demands the addition of definite elements, elements prescribed by laws relating not to content but to form, quite parallel to the situation which we encounter in the building up of a melody. We cannot, for example in the case of a state of affairs which has begun with 'the rose is', arbitrarily break off at this point; some element or other, perhaps of the form of a [predicate] must join up to complete it, and that element is, to that extent, a necessary element of the state of affairs.... In the judgment 'the car has travelled quickly', in contrast, the 'quickly' is not a necessary element but rather one which is inessential to the formal constitution of the state of affairs. (367/111)(56)

15. Complex and Sachverhalt

Our taxonomy of atomic and non-atomic Sachverhalte in terms of foundation relations between objects does not go far enough, however, to provide a positive account of the specific nature of the Sachverhalt. For each of the forms depicted could serve equally well as a representation of a corresponding complex object: the mereological sum (if there is one) of John and his headache, or of Mary, John, and a particular process of kissing. Indeed, someone like Reinach who admits also one-membered Sachverhalte, corresponding for example to the meteorologica,(57)

would have no option but to recognise some additional feature or features peculiar to Sachverhalte, since otherwise he would have no means of distinguishing, in such a one-membered case, between Sachverhalt and corresponding object.(58)
We can get some idea as to what this additional feature might be if we compare the elements of the Sachverhalt: John hits Mary in Diagram 6, with the corresponding elements of the sentence used to make the assertion in question. The objects (John, Mary and the hit) are homogeneous: each is entirely singular. On the side of the assertion, however, there is in this respect a heterogeneity as between the singular expressions 'John' and 'Mary' and the general expression 'hits'. Could this heterogeneity be eliminated? That is, could we imagine the 'hits' as being replaced by an expression in the same grammatical category which has been somehow stripped of its generality - an expression which would relate to that individual event which is John's specific hit in just the way that the proper names 'John' and 'Mary' relate to their respective bearers? Could we not baptise this event by means of what we might call a proper verb (an expression which would stand to normal verbs in the way that proper names stand to expressions like 'a man', 'the man', etc.)? This would result in sentences like 'David Gustaved', 'John Williamed Mary' and so on,(59)
sentences which would be isomorphic to the corresponding states of affairs/complexes in just the sense of the picture theory of the Tractatus. The complexity of the Sachverhalt would consist entirely in this, that the particular objects mentioned in the sentence stand in the foundation relations dictated by the logical grammar thereof.(60)
Our problem can now be restated as follows: what is it, on the side of the Sachverhalt, which corresponds to the distinction on the side of the assertion between 'John Williamed Mary' and 'John hit Mary'? Consider the parallel difference between 'John is kissing Mary' and 'a man is kissing Mary'. When I say, 'John is kissing Mary', then my use of 'John' seems, as it were, to refer to the whole man, to that entire specific object known to me as John. When, on the other hand, I say 'a man is kissing Mary', then it seems that I refer to John, if at all, only as a representative of the species man: it is as if I make appeal only to some sort of conceptually restricted torso of John, in which everything specific has been removed.

Reinach himself offers a partial account of such 'conceptual comprehension' in his paper "Die obersten Regeln der Vernunftschlüsse bei Kant" of 1911, from which I shall quote at length.

He considers first the difference between the objectual correlate of a proper name such as 'John' taken alone and of a proper name which is associated with a concept-expression, as in 'the man John', 'the man Caius', etc.

In the judgment 'Caius is mortal', a quite determinate individual object of the real world is intended by the subject-term, one that is different from all other objects. If I now say: 'the man Caius is mortal', then I intend once more the same determinate object. This time however I do not aim towards it in the way appropriate to a simple naming [in schlichter Namennennung]; rather, it is in addition conceptually comprehended [begrifflich gefasst]: it is referred to as a man. Thus already in the subject place there is a concept at work. It is not as if this concept were itself the subject. The assertion is after all not about it, but about the individual that is comprended under it [welches er unter sich begreift]. But this individual is already posited in the subject place as belonging to this concept; it comes complete with its conceptual form: 'the - man - Caius is etc.'... The object serving as subject, which is already determined in itself, is here in addition subordinated to a concept. (p.224f./GS, 47)(61)

We might describe conceptual comprehending of the sort here at issue as a sui generis variety of drawing boundaries. The entities circumscribed by such boundaries are on the one hand autonomous: that region of reality through which the boundary is drawn - for example the complex of objects and events which are involved in John's kissing Marty - exists in and of itself, regardless of our judging activity, and so do all its constituent regions. Such entities are also in a certain sense however dependent on our judgments. For in the absence of the judging activity through which the conceptual comprehending is effected, an entity of the given sort would in no way be demarcated from its surroundings.

As we shall see, the bounded structures which are picked out through our judging activity are quite different from those generated by, for example, the maker of maps or of jigsaw puzzles. For the results of these latter varieties of drawing what we might call mereological boundaries are ontologically homogeneous with the materials with which one starts, something which does not hold of the entities circumscribed by the sentence-shaped boundaries involved in conceptual comprehending.

It is with a (relatively indeterminate) mereological boundary with which we have to deal when, for example, I point out of my window and say 'that out there is my property'. But here we have an additional feature: the comprehending in question, expressed by 'out there', is in this case indispensable if an object is to be marked out at all. When I point out of my window and say 'out there', then it is as if my action takes something entirely indeterminate and, by means of a mereological comprehension, makes out of it a (half-way) determinate object. The conceptual comprehension expressed by 'the man' in 'the man Caius' is clearly not indispensable in this sense: the name 'Caius' is alone sufficient to pick out the relevant object. There are however certain cases where conceptual comprehending is indispensable, where such comprehending is alone responsible for the fact that an object is picked out at all. Such cases are brought most clearly into light when we consider general or generic assertions like 'man is mortal', 'the lion is a carnivore', etc. A concept, according to Reinach,

can make out of the indeterminate something [der Gegenständlichkeit schlechthin] a determinately delineated objectivity. Such a comprehending would be made explicit by means of the words: 'that which is (a) man or (a) tree or, and so on, is...'; and where we choose not to be so explicit we have the words '(the) man', '(the) tree'. If I say 'man is mortal' then the subject is that something which is comprehended and determined through the concept man. No determinate individual object is here intended, i.e. nothing is intended which is then conceptually comprehended in a supernumerary way. Nor do I relate myself to a number of objects separate from each other which I would then conceptually comprehend. Rather, I mean the indeterminate something which falls under the concept man - and it remains thereby quite open whether this is one or several or very many objects. I mean precisely that which is (a) man - or, if we especially want to emphasise that nothing is here to be excluded: that which is subordinated to the concept man, all of that which is man. The concept does not here effect a supernumerary comphrehending, as in our earlier example, but rather a determination that is indispensable to the very constitution of the subject. (225f./GS, 48)(62)

And similarly, now, if I say 'John kissed Mary'. Here the objectual correlate of the verb is that indeterminate something - the indeterminate transitive action, let us say - which (leaving tense aside) is comprehended through the concept kiss. No determinate individual action is here intended, i.e. nothing is intended which is then conceptually comprehended in a supernumerary way. Rather, I mean the indeterminate action which falls under the concept kiss - and it remains quite open whether this is one or several actions.

Note that Reinach is not putting forward a view according to which judgments containing general terms are about concepts:

It is not the concept which functions as subject in the judgment 'man is mortal', but that objectual something which is formed and delimited through the concept. It is not the concept man which is mortal, but that which is man, i.e. that objectual something which belongs to the concept man. As in the judgment about individual objects, so also in judgments such as this, the concept occurring in the subject-place has a real objectual carrier, and it is this which ought in truth to be seen as the subject: it is merely that in the former case the carrier is a determinate individual object, which the concept determines still further, where here it is the indeterminate something which functions as the carrier insofar as it acquires a determinate delineation through the concept. (226/GS, 49)

And similarly, we can say, it is not the concept kiss which functions as correlate of the verb in the judgment 'John kisses Mary'. Here, too, the concept expressed by this verb has a real objectual carrier, and it is this which would serve as element in the corresponding state of affairs.

Reinach's theory of conceptual comprehending provides some of the elements necessary to an adequate account of the structures of simple states of affairs. But it is far from being satisfactory as it stands, and it does not even provide an umambiguous answer to our question as to the part-whole relations between Sachverhalte and their objects. For it provides us with no clear notion of what these peculiar entities are, which result through 'conceptual comprehending'. Reinach's own account of this matter, which involves appeal to peculiar general objects: tree as such, man as such, etc., and to 'the indeterminate something', moves too far in the direction of that Platonism already rejected above:

Tree as such is nothing coloured and material and extended, it differs fundamentally from every individual object of the external world. And yet it is not 'nothing'. Indeed there are entirely valid statements about such peculiar objectivities, they present their own logical demands and prohibitions: the tree is a plant, the tree is not an animal, and so on. We therefore have to acknowledge that, beside the individual objects of the physical and psychical world, objects with which we are already familiar and which are, as it were, closer to us, there are also quite differently constituted objectivities of which we can assert all kinds of things, both positively and negatively. (221/GS, 43)

We can perhaps avoid a Platonism of this sort, if we take as our starting point exclusively those conceptually comprehended objects which appear in the objectual correlates of singular judgments ('Mary has a migraine') of the sort already treated above. For in relation to these cases it is possible to take quite literally the idea that the conceptually comprehended object is in some sense a slimmed-down torso of the object taken in natura. For where a concept like man, horse, kiss, headache can correctly be applied to an individual object, this is because there is, some autonomously but not independently existing part or moment of the object in question to which the concept- expression directly corresponds. It is in virtue of such parts or moments - called 'logical parts' by Brentano and Husserl(63) - that the given concepts can correctly be applied. They serve as the fundamenta in re for the concepts in question.

The suggestion now is that such logical parts can serve as bounded objects of conceptual comprehension, and then the Sachverhalte corresponding to singular judgments would consist in such bounded objects linked to ordinary objects by relations of foundation. Sachverhalte, thus conceived, would be circumscribed or bounded parts of complexes, having exactly the appropriate amount of content to serve as truth-makers of the corresponding judgments. Yet they would exist autonomously, not as mere intentional correlates of sentence-using acts.

Even granted the assumption that such a view of conceptual comprehension can be coherently developed, however, is it enough to understand the ontological structure of the Sachverhalt exclusively in terms of foundation relations between objects and logical parts? Or are there additional features or groups of features peculiar to states of affairs which have so far not been treated? Reinach himself suggests two such features: number and tense. In regard to the former it must suffice here to draw attention to Reinach's suggestion that it would be possible to replace Frege's defective concept-based theory of number with a Sachverhalt-based theory, to see numbers as formations which are at home only within the context of a Sachverhalt.(64) In regard to the latter, we shall here simply recall the idea already mentioned to the effect that Sachverhalte are the locus of past and future. A more subtle version of this idea has been put forward by Kevin Mulligan in the form of a thesis to the effect that we can establish a feature truly characteristic of states of affairs if we look not to tense, which has to do with relations between autonomous events and sentence-using subjects, but to phenomena of aspect, which have to do with the 'internal temporal constituency' of the events themselves (Comry 1976).

Differences of aspect are manifested, for example, in oppositions such as that between 'John ran'/'John was running'/'John stopped running', 'Mary suddenly sat down'/?'Mary was suddenly sitting down'/'Mary was still sitting down'/*'Mary still sat down', etc. Thus consider that factual material which is John kissing Mary on a given occasion. This consists, we might suppose, of three objects: John, Mary and a certain temporally extended process of kissing. We have already seen that this factual material can be comprehended in Sachverhalte in different ways, reflecting different sorts of conceptual comprehension. But the same factual material can be variously comprehended also along another dimension, the dimension of aspect, and it will thereby make true a series of different sentences (sentences which we can conceive as having been articulated by different observers all of whom enjoy simultaneous perceptual access to the objects in question). This factual material can be comprehended, for example, as:

John is kissing Mary,

John kisses Mary,(65)

John has just begun to kiss Mary,

John is still kissing Mary,

John is repeatedly kissing Mary,

and so on.

The differences here illustrated are real: the states of affairs in question are not identical. Yet these differences seem not to correspond, in the given case, to any differences of conceptual comprehension, nor to differences in the objects themselves.

16. Epilogue: Reinach and Wittgenstein

There are of course a number of features of Reinach's theory of the Sachverhalt which awaken echoes of the theory put forward by Wittgenstein in the Tractatus. Both Wittgenstein and Reinach see the name-object relation as the point of contact between a judger and the world. Both place the notion of state of affairs at the centre of their philosophies, and both conceive the state of affairs not as an abstract proposition or judgment-content but rather as the ontological correlate of an act of judgment, as that in the world in virtue of which a used sentence is true or false. Reinach and Wittgenstein share also the recognition that there are, above the level of states of affairs, two further levels - a linguistic level, and a psychological level of thoughts or acts of judgment. Of course, Wittgenstein goes considerably further than Reinach in exploiting the theory of Sachverhalte as a means of throwing light on the logical structures of associated sentences. But I suggest that this is only at the cost of ontological simplification, or idealisation, at all three levels, simplification of a sort which is absent from Reinach's treatment.


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1. I should like to express my thanks to the Alexander von Humbolt Stiftung for the award of a grant for research in Louvain and Erlangen, where this paper was written. As earlier version was presented at the colloquium held in Utrecht in December 1983 to commemorate the centenary of Reinach's birth. I am grateful to John Crosby for his comments on this earlier version.

2. Thom 1978.

3. Cf. Smith and Mulligan 1982, § 1.3, and also the brief discussion of Beling in Schuhmann and Smith's biography of Reinach in this volume. The framework of Aristotelian ontology survived in German legal theory even in spite of the influence of Kant.

4. See e.g. Part II of Davis, ed. 1983, esp. the essays by A. I. Goldman.

5. Perhaps in the sense of Rosch, et al. 1976. One presupposition of the present approach is that the opposition between standard and non-standard or prototypical and non-prototypical instances of cognitive kinds is itself a cognitive universal.

6. Science may have to do with untypical objects or situations (with 'vexed nature'), but not with untypical (deviant, esoteric) cognitive capacities.

7. Cf. e.g. Holenstein 1976, 1980.

8. References in this form are to my 1982 English translation and to the 1921 German version of Reinach's "Zur Theorie des negativen Urteils", respectively. The word 'positive' on lines 11-12 of p. 372 of the translation should be changed to 'negative'.

9. He almost certainly went further in his Habilitationsschrift, Wesen und Systematik des Urteils, of 1909, but the manuscript of this work has unfortunately been lost. [Some recovered extracts are contained in Adolf Reinach, Sämtliche Werke. Kritische Ausgabe mit Kommentar, Band I: Die Werke, Teil I: Kritische Neuausgabe (1905-1914), Teil II: Nachgelassene Texte (1906-1917); Band II: Kommentar und Textkritik, Munich/Hamden/Vienna: Philosophia, 1989.]

10. Cf. Meinong's Über Annahmen, e.g. p.175f., (trans., p. 129) where a similar conception of logic is defended.

11. It was Dallas Willard who first clearly stressed this aspect of Husserl's critique of psychologism. See his 1972 and 1984.

12. From this point of view the common conception of Munich phenomenology as a 'phenomenology of the object' - as contrasted with Husserl's 'phenomenology of the act' - is seen to be erroneous: Reinach, and Daubert, and also Pf{nder were concerned not with objects for their own sake, but rather with the way act- and object-structures are related together. On the connections between (1), (2) and (3) in Husserl and Wittgenstein see Mulligan 1985.

13. The possibility of the proposition is based on the principle of the representation of objects by signs: Tractatus, 4.0312.

14. See the discussion of the nature of legal representation in § 7 of Reinach's "Die apriorischen Grundlagen des bürgerlichen Rechts" and the paper by James Brown in this volume.

15. The origin of the representation relation, at least for certain types of object, standardly occurs in social actions of baptism, actions in which the baptisee himself (passively) takes part. Objects may however acquire their names in absentia, and through various sorts of institutionally more or less respectable procedures, or indeed by accident.

16. See e.g. 340f./85f. See however Reinach's discussion of the phantasy-modification and Scheinvollzug 320/62f., and also in "Die apriorischen Grundlagen", p. 195, Eng. 22.

17. Cf. the papers by Mulligan, Simons, Smith (and aggregates thereof) in the list of references below.

18. See Mulligan and Smith 1986 and compare Smith (forthcoming).

19. See e.g. 340f./85f. See however Reinach's discussion of the phantasy-modification and Scheinvollzug (320/62f., and also in "Die apriorischen Grundlagen", p. 195, Eng. p. 22).

20. The diagram would clearly have to be adjusted where the object named is itself a dependent entity.

21. See Smith and Mulligan 1982, § 6, for more details of such diagrams.

22. The term was of course used also by many other philosophers in the Austro-German tradition, though not always in the same sense; thus it was quite often employed as a translation of the British empiricist term 'idea'.

23. As Reinach himself points out, 'if I want to convince myself of the existence of the movement, then I only need to open my eyes.' (§ 2 of "apriorischen Grundlagen": GS, p.186, Eng., p.15.)

24. Again, neither Husserl nor Reinach applied the theory of dependence to the relations between acts and objects. The relational theory of acts which is here grafted onto their work is elaborated further in Smith 1984 and also in Mulligan and Smith (forthcoming). Further, there is more involved in Reinach's account of the opposition between Meinen and Vorstellen than is captured in Diagrams 1 and 2 (diagrams which, it must be remembered, depict only relations between real things, processes or events). This is because for Reinach the contrast between punctual, linguistic Meinen and enduring, non-linguistic Vorstellen is absolutely general; the two kinds of directedness can be distinguished not merely in our cognitive access to realia but also, for example, in our access to non-real objects such as numbers and values (see e.g. 343/88).

25. "Die Überlegung", GS, p. 129.

26. Husserl, LU IV § 11. Cf. also Reinach, "Die obersten Regeln", GS, p.48.

27. Cf. Mulligan and Smith 1984.

28. Meinong, in his Über Annahmen, (pp. 80f., 93f.; trans. pp.63f., 71) offers a similar account of his 'Objektive'.

29. Cf. Mulligan 1985.

30. Reinach is therefore in a position to conceive Sachverhalte as the locus of existence of the past and of the future, that is, as truth-makers for our present judgments about objects which have ceased to exist or have yet to come into existence. The view that Sachverhalte enjoy an eternal existence is denied by Marty in his theory of Urteilsinhalte, a theory which is in other respects very similar to that of Reinach - cf. Smith (forthcoming) and Mulligan (forthcoming).

31. A similar duality is present also in the ontology of legal formations put forward by Reinach in his "Die apriorischen Grundlagen des b}rgerlichen Rechtes". See, for example, pp.170ff. (Eng. 5ff.), where Reinach speaks on the one hand of a 'new realm' of 'legal formations' governed by 'eternal laws', but on the other hand of 'particular legal formations which really exist at some time'.

32. On Meinong's treatment of the correspondence theory see his Über Annahmen, esp. ch. 3. On Marty see Smith (forthcoming).

33. See Smith 1978, Mulligan, Simons, Smith 1984.

34. Cf. Mulligan and Smith 1984.

35. When Reinach talks of apprehension ['Erkennen'], he sometimes seems to conceive this phenomenon - in conformity with his Platonistic conception of states of affairs - as a special sort of intuition. Since nothing in our present account will rest on any appeal to this Platonistic side of Reinach's philosophy, however, it will do no harm if we simply identify apprehension with perfectly commonplace acts of seeing that (and of course with corresponding phenomena in other sensory modalities). Cf. the passage quoted at the beginning of the next section.

36. The term 'attitude' is used by Ryle to describe phenomena such as belief, doubt, etc., in his copious notes to Reinach's essay (preserved in the margins of his copy of the Gesammelte Schriften in the library of Lineacre College, Oxford: cf. p.75). One unfortunate characteristic of analytic philosophical inquiries in semantics and cognitive theory, from Russell onwards, is the tendency to run together under this term phenomena which, in Reinach's theory, are kept carefully separate.

37. Cf. Ingarden 1964/65, esp. vol. 1, and Mulligan and Smith 1986.

38. Again Reinach's Platonism, as well as the fact that he does not embrace anything stronger than mere co-existence between act and object, rules out for him a view of this sort.

39. The reader will note that assertion, conviction, apprehension and presentation are such that - in addition to the unity which accrues to them by virtue of inhering in a single subject - they are united also by foundation relations in their own right. The subject as guarantor of the unity of consciousness is to this extent redundant, and indeed the views here presented would be compatible, in principle, with a no-self theory of mental acts and processes of the sort that is defended by the early Husserl and by Wittgenstein. To be taken seriously, however, such a theory would have to establish that an extra unifying principle such as a soul or subject can be dispensed with entirely, by providing a precise and detailed account of the foundation relations holding between mental acts and states of the various different varieties and between these and (for example) bodily actions.

40. This assumption may of course be dropped in specific cases (or indeed globally, in reflection of non-standard metaphysical views).

41. If as a matter of empirical fact an instance of the kind assertion exists, then as a matter of necessity there exist also instances of the kinds conscious subject, state of conviction and state of affairs.

42. Convictions will of course be founded also on a network of other, prior mental acts and states, though this aspect of cognition is here left out of account.

43. Note that our talk of non-subsisting states of affairs is a façon de parler only; it has no ontological commitments. Thus the putative non-subsisting state of affairs S is not depicted in our diagram: the elements of such diagrams are intended in every case to correspond to existing entities only.

44. Still further cases would have to be distinguished in light of the fact that the two incompatible states of affairs involved in such a structure need not be contradictory oppositesd, as they are in the examples which Reinach treats. There is no less incompatibility between, for example, Henry is a mammal and Henry is a fish. Compare the discussion in Mulligan, Simons and Smith 1984 on the way in which states of affairs (or truth-makers in general) may include each other as part to whole, and the suggestion in Smith 1983 as to the possibility of isolating a minimal truth-maker.

45. Brentano even went so far as to claim that judgment and presentation must be simultaneous: see Mulligan and Smith 1985a for further discussion of this point.

46. What Ryle calls the 'moment of thought', see his notes to pp. 72f. of Reinach's text.

47. Loc. cit.

48. See Mulligan and Smith 1985 for a more detailed treatment of this issue.

49. Compare the suggestions in Brettler 1973, 62, 119f.

50. The overwhelming majority of analytic philosophical writings in semantics, to the extent that it has embraced the terminology of 'facts' or 'Sachverhalte' at all, has adopted the first of these two positions - normally conceiving that in virtue of which a given judgment is true in terms of set-theoretical 'models' whose relation to the underlying objects is rarely, if ever, investigated. Wittgenstein's Tractatus may be said to have put forward a neutral view, midway between the two extremes, according to which neither Satz nor Sachverhalt has priority, though the resulting simplification implies that neither logical nor ontological structure is commensurately dealt with. (Cf. Mulligan 1985, 169f.) Recent American work in semantics, as illustrated above all by the so-called 'situation semantics' of Barwise and Perry, has moved some way towards the second, realist position here described, though since it continues to treat the external correlates of sentences or judgments with ontologically relatively crude set-theoretic means, it cannot be said to have freed itself entirely from the logicising tendencies of the old- fashioned sort of semantics.

51. See the discussion of canonical event patterns in Slobin 1982.

52. See Mulligan, Simons and Smith 1984, where the discussion of logical and ontological simplicity is formulated not specifically in terms of Sachverhalte but in terms of truth-making entities in general.

53. These structures have hardly been investigated. Even Ingarden's huge work on realist ontology, Der Streit um die Existenz der Welt, concentrates on the distinctions between different sorts of Sachverhalte (e.g. between autonomous and intentional Sachverhalte), at the expense of providing an account of how Sachverhalte are constituted in the most simple cases.

54. The problem of extending this taxonomy in a systematic way, and in such a way as to embrace arbitrarily large complexes of elements standing to each other in 3-, 4- and n-sided dependence relations, belongs effectively to the theory of directed graphs.

55. See e.g. the diagrams on p. 90 of Smith and Mulligan 1982. Here the relevant diagram is a disconnected graph.

56. There is some confusion in this passage as between Sachverhalt and judgment. More specifically, Reinach seems to have no clear idea as to the relation between the state of affairs as correlate of apprehension and the state of affairs as correlate of assertion. On the one hand these 'must be strictly identical' (320/62), but on the other hand he admits that in an assertion the very same state of affairs

which stood before us in one blow in our apprehending conviction of it, now acquires...a peculiar modification of its form, becoming articulated into the elements now successively constituting themselves. (356/98)
57.  'It is raining', etc. - 346ff./117ff.

58.  In his Notebooks of 1914-16, Wittgenstein goes out of his way to emphasise that Sachverhalte or Tatsachen are to be distinguished from corresponding complex objects - see Simons 1985, Mulligan 1985. In the Tractatus, however, it is less obvious that he was concerned to draw such a distinction.

59.  Such sentences sound odd, since it is normally only continuants, not events and processes, to which proper referring expressions come to be attached. For it is only in respect of continuants that there is a task of re-location to be performed.

60.  A grammar of the appropriate sort might be that outlined by Perlmutter in his 1980.

61. References in this form are to the 1911 edition of Reinach's paper in Kant-Studien, and to the 1921 reprint, respectively. The translations are my own.

62. Compare Heyer (forthcoming), and also Fine 1985.

63. See Mulligan and Smith 1985a.

64.  See the account of Reinach's Marburg lecture in the biography of Reinach by Schuhmann and Smith in this volume; cf. also the passages on Frege in "Über Phänomenologie" (Reinach 1969, 206), where Reinach points out that similar ideas could be applied also to the quantifiers 'all', 'some', 'only', etc. (Brettler, loc. cit., contains a more detailed treatment of this issue.)

65.  The 'dramatic present'.