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Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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26 Jul '13 08:32:26 PM

'The book doesn't pretend to be by nobody. A lot of academic books do.'

26 Jul '13 03:39:30 AM

Philosophers spend more time imagining than they are ordinarily prepared to admit.

They call their imagining 'thinking'.

They learn how to think by learning how to imagine as other philosophers do.

They submit their imaginations to certain forms of discipline.

To some philosophers, you do philosophy better by finding ways to better discipline your imagination.

To others, you do philosophy better by proving that your imagination has not, so far, been completely disciplined.

26 Jul '13 02:27:53 AM

Jonathan Lear's read on Wittgenstein as Beckett: 'philosophy both must and cannot be conducted transcendentally'.

(Later: 'Philosophy provides a means of coping with empirical exhaustion.')

25 Jul '13 08:40:24 AM

'every space is constantly trembling'

25 Jul '13 07:00:12 AM

'Da stieg ein Baum.'

24 Jul '13 11:56:22 PM

The Good Life Lab

24 Jul '13 06:18:08 AM

'There's fifty books about Clifford the Big Red Dog… They all tell the exact same story: Look how big this dog is.'

24 Jul '13 02:50:48 AM

'… the sky is so big…'

23 Jul '13 01:48:13 AM

'As television historians know, the first 10 years of Mr. Carson's run were erased by an NBC engineer.'