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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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16 Oct '15 12:37:38 AM


14 Oct '15 05:34:14 AM

'Die Welt zerfällt…'

10 Oct '15 05:17:03 PM

'As long as life lasted, work could be revised. To facilitate that process, for instance, Mill left as an open question in the seventh edition of the Principles of Political Economy the issue of a wages fund (4:xxxix), an issue he ultimately found no opportunity to clarify. Mill even entertained the bizarre idea of developing a system of "marks" for the "alterations and additions" that such revision entails, a kind of typographical equivalent to Faulkner's fanciful notion about using different colors of ink to mark the temporal shifts in The Sound and the Fury. With regret, however, Mill gave up such a scheme: "one could scarcely give distinctive marks to all the successive strata of new matter" (16:1108). One's past thought is like a cross section of still malleable geologic matter: it offers evidence of the changes that have already occurred, but remains open to further evolution.'

6 Oct '15 05:25:06 AM

There are little comedies hiding in the Investigations:

Jemand fragt mich: »Kannst du dieses Gewicht heben?« Ich antworte »Ja«. Nun sagt er »Tu's!« – da kann ich es nicht.

1 Oct '15 07:25:24 PM

'whereas ways cannot go, nor proverbs speak'

29 Sep '15 12:39:29 AM

'… something about your condition, especially your outward condition or circumstances in this world, in this town, what it is, whether it is necessary that it be as bad as it is…'

27 Sep '15 09:43:22 PM

'There are motives, too, provided by his methods. No one expects to write, or be, like Plato. Aristotle, though, even when one has dimly recognised the extent of his genius, can seem to provide a comforting reassurance to philosophers about the possibility of their subject, in the form of an omnipresent judiciousness, which, in itself, is only too easy to imitate.'

24 Sep '15 02:43:33 PM

'I'm just trying to make radio music.'

22 Sep '15 04:30:13 PM

(Note for part II, p. 3: what is a philosophical conclusion? —Yet another element to be destabilized if philosophy's conventions are unsettled.)