Revitalising Old Thoughts: Class diagrams in Light of the Early Wittgenstein

Christian Holmboe

The early work of Ludwig Wittgenstein aimed at outlining a set of postulates about the use of language to describe the world. This work bears a remarkable resemblance to the methodologies developed for data modelling. This paper discusses the features and constraints of object-oriented data modelling with UML class diagrams in light of the early theories developed by Wittgenstein and first published in 1921. The later criticism towards this theory illustrates some of the limitations of class diagrams as a language for describing the world.

Type of Publication: Paper
Conference: PPIG 2002 - 14th Annual Workshop
Publication Year: 2002
Paper #: 19
TitleRevitalising Old Thoughts: Class diagrams in Light of the Early Wittgenstein
Publication TypePaper
AuthorsHolmboe, C
PPIG Workshop: 
2002-06-14th