Ludwig Wittgenstein, fully Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein, fully Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein

Austrian Jewish Philosopher who worked primarily in Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics, Mind and Language

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We cannot therefore say in logic: This and this there is in the world, that there is not. For that would apparently presuppose that we exclude certain possibilities, and this cannot be the case since otherwise logic must get outside the limits of the world: that is, if it could consider these limits from the other side also.

What I called jottings would not be a rendering of the text, not so to speak a translation with another symbolism. The text would not be stored up in the jottings. And why should it be stored up in our nervous system?

When I obey a rule, I do not choose. I obey the rule blindly.

You could attach prices to thoughts. Some cost a lot, some a little. And how does one pay for thoughts? The answer, I think, is: with courage.

We could present spatially an atomic fact which contradicted the laws of physics, but not one which contradicted the laws of geometry.

What I give is the morphology of the use of an expression. I show that it has kinds of uses of which you had not dreamed. In philosophy one feels forced to look at a concept in a certain way. What I do is suggest, or even invent, other ways of looking at it. I suggest possibilities of which you had not previously thought. You thought there was one possibility, or only two at most. But I made you think of others. Furthermore, I made you see that it was absurd to expect the concept to conform to those narrow possibilities. Thus your mental cramp is relieved, and you are free to look around the field of use of the expression and to describe the different kinds of uses of it.

When I think about the future of the world, we mean the purpose for which walk in the direction that we see going in it now, you do not notify us that derailed not wrong, it is a curve, constantly changing direction.

You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.

We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all. Of course, there is then no question left, and just this is the answer. The solution of the problem of life is seen in the vanishing of this problem.

What I hold fast to is not one proposition but a nest of propositions.

When we can't think for ourselves, we can always quote.

You learned the concept 'pain' when you learned language.

We have got onto slippery ice where there is no friction and so in a certain sense the conditions are ideal, but also, just because of that, we are unable to walk. We want to walk so we need friction. Back to the rough ground!

What is the case, the fact, is the existence of atomic facts.

When you are philosophizing you have to descend into primeval chaos and feel at home there.

You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded.

We just do not see how very specialized the use of "I know" is.

What is thinkable is also possible.

Where does our investigation get its importance from, since it seems only to destroy everything interesting, that is, all that is great and important? (As it were all the buildings, leaving behind only bits of stone and rubble.) What we are destroying is nothing but houses of cards and we are clearing up the ground of language on which they stand.

You say : The point isn't the word, but its meaning, and you think of the meaning as a thing of the same kind as the word, though also different from the word. Here the word, there the meaning.

To believe in a God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter.

We may not advance any kind of theory. There must not be anything hypothetical in our considerations. All explanation must disappear, and description alone must take its place.

What is troubling us is the tendency to believe that the mind is like a little man within.

Where two principles really do meet which cannot be reconciled with one another, then each man declares the other a fool and a heretic

You sometimes see in a wind a piece of paper blowing about anyhow. Suppose the piece of paper could make the decision: ?Now I want to go this way.? I say: ?Queer, this paper always decides where it is to go, and all the time it is the wind that blows it. I know it is the wind that blows it.? That same force which moves it also in a different way moves its decisions.

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Austrian Jewish Philosopher who worked primarily in Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics, Mind and Language