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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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15 Nov '13 07:16:58 AM

In Investigations §1d, the difference—if not disagreement—between the interlocutor and Wittgenstein concerns what is essential.

15 Nov '13 02:56:51 AM

Sometimes I just get this urge to go home and read Heidegger.

15 Nov '13 02:06:37 AM

Mill drops the dreaded 'is this philosophy?' on Emerson.

11 Nov '13 11:01:32 PM

'… an unspecified risk'

10 Nov '13 02:48:11 AM

A special sort of imposition, playing a role and expecting the one you're playing for to play one in return.

9 Nov '13 06:21:45 AM

Grammatical remark: 'to be experienced from the inside'.

9 Nov '13 03:55:25 AM

Not ten pages in to the second volume of Sontag's journals, it's disappointing to find, in an editorial note (to 'Dexamyls'): 'a form of amphetamine on which SS became dependent for writing in the mid-1960s and which she used until the early 1980s'.

You imagine some writers being pure. Their acuity stemming literally from nothing else but looking, seeing, intently, carefully.

8 Nov '13 08:49:36 PM

If you know that words can overflow, you won't think speaking just means 'communicating thoughts'.

8 Nov '13 05:35:27 PM

'We do better simply to say the sentence and so speak not about language but about the world.'