Friday, May 25, 2012

Hmm …

… language goes on holiday: Wittgenstein on clarity. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I have been reading Norman Malcolm's memoir of Wittgenstein and also a election from Wittgenstein's notebooks. I certainly think the key statement cited is this: "Philosophy is not a subject but an activity." Though he functioned as a professor of philosophy, Wittgenstein does not seem to have confused being a professor of philosophy with being a philosopher. What impresses most about Wittgenstein is his peculiarity and his authenticity, and it is hard to conclude otherwise than that the peculiarity was a consequence of the authenticity.

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