Wittgenstein claimed that syntax and semantics are the same because in some language constructions, syntax can be made to function as semantics. Since it seems like there is still some opposition to Wittgenstein's reasoning (from people like Searle who claim that syntax is indeed different from semantics) , what are the counter-arguments that have been made to Wittgenstein's reasoning?
The most compelling argument against Wittgenstein's view is surely that given by Gödel in his famous theorems of Mathematical Logic.
What Gödel proved was that mathematical truth cannot in principle be confined to a formal system. In other words, truth is not reducible to proof. This is equivalent to saying that syntax cannot supplant semantics.