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Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Limits of Language

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Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations  118-119 —

118. 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.
119. The results of philosophy are the uncovering of one
or another piece of plain nonsense and of bumps
that the understanding has got by running its head up against the limits of language. These bumps make us
see the value of the discovery.

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