Tuesday, February 6, 2007

philosophical investigations

As Wittgenstein elucidated (or perhaps obfuscated ) at the beginning of his Tractus Logico- Philosphicus: Die Welt is alles, was der Fall ist.* Whatever he might have meant by that (and I'm sure that many people know), what's irresistable about it is the rhythm and the rhyme. Tapping into the cadence of a half-forgotten poem, he lulls the reader into believing in the inevitability of the conclusion, the correctness of the proposition.

Which is the sum and total of everything I know, think, and understand about Wittgenstein. Next week, perhaps, I'll tackle Søren K.

*The world is everything that is the case.

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