Beyond the limits

This week's entry under The Writer's Post has given me some thoughts and I felt a bit lost since I did not get any inspiration at all. And then I asked my husband what he would suggest and he started to tell me about Ludwig Wittgenstein, and his Tractus Logico-Philosophicus.

Below his main 7 chapters:

The world is everything that is the case.

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

The logical picture of the facts is the thought.

The thought is the significant proposition.

Propositions are truth-functions of elementary propositions.

(An elementary proposition is a truth-function of itself.)

The general form of truth-function is: [, , N()]. This is the general form of proposition.

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

In his own words, here is the description of his own work:

"The main point is the theory of what can be expressed (gesagt) by propositions —i.e. by language (and, which comes to the same thing, what can be thought) and what can not be expressed by propositions, but only shown (gezeigt); which, I believe, is the cardinal problem of philosophy."
— Wittgenstein, letter to Russell, 19 August 1919

His search? To look beyond the limits of language!

A different approach, a different type of post, I hope I made you curious about his work, it is rather fascinating!



This is a great take on the topic!! You did well. I'm sorry you did not feel inspired :( Hopefully next week will be better. By the way 19 August 1919 is the date my Great Grandparents were married--the same day Wittgenstein wrote the letter to Russell. Kind of a cool coincidence!! Cheers, Jenn

@Jenn - in the end I got my inspiration from my husband and that is cool :) and yes that is a coincidence!

Absolutely fantastic blog!!! Glad I found it! Love it!!!

Lola x

@Lola - thanks for dropping by, your blog is also very cool! Following btw!

So Claudia, what is it your husband does? You have piqued my inerest. http://lindaoconnell.blogspot.com

Hi Claudia. Interesting post indeed! Good on Peter for coming up with the idea ! It's unusual for you to be short of inspiration. Hope your weekend us going well.

@Linda - my husband studies physics, then became a bookseller and now is a software developer for the book industry, why?
@Diane - sometimes it happens :) but always can rely upon my husband!

Yes, it does make me wonder about what he does.


@Joyce - he had a very interesting life :)

Post a Comment

Thank you for your comments, I appreciate them all!


"A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you."
by Alice Munro

Copyright © 2009 The story All rights reserved. Theme by Laptop Geek. | Bloggerized by FalconHive.