chapter  5
WITTGENSTEIN AND THE LIFE OF SIGNS
ByJIM HOPKINS
Pages 39

We can gain a perspicuous view of Wittgenstein’s philosophical development and its bearing on contemporary philosophy by concentrating on what he calls the ‘life’ of signs. He introduces this notion in the Investigations by saying1

432 Every sign by itself seems dead. What gives it life? In use it is alive. Is life breathed into it there?—Or is the use its life?