Sunday, May 9, 2004

Sunday May 9, 2004

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From Saturday's
9 AM Entry:

Punch Line

Mr. King died on
Sunday morning, May 9, 2004.

Saturday, May 8, 2004

Saturday May 8, 2004

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Aphorism 2 from Wittgenstein's
Philosophical Investigations
with commentary on the right
by Lois Shawver

Let us imagine a language …The language is meant to serve for communication between a builder A and an assistant B.  A is building with building-stones; there are blocks, pillars, slabs and beams.  B has to pass the stones, and that in the order in which A needs them.  For this purpose they use a language consisting of the words 'block', 'pillar', 'slab', 'beam.'  A calls them out; — B brings the stone which he has learnt to bring at such-and-such a call. — Conceive this as a complete primitive language.

… this passage describes the prototypic primitive language-game….

There are piles of pillars, slabs, blocks and beams.  The supervisor calls out "Slab!" and the worker brings a slab and sets it at the supervisor's feet.  Pretty simple.

Wittgenstein puts forth [this] language-game in order to try to envision a language in which Augustine's picture of language works.

Click on pictures for details.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Wednesday March 31, 2004

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:25 AM

To Be

A Jesuit cites Quine:

"To be is to be the value of a variable."

— Willard Van Orman Quine, cited by Joseph T. Clark, S. J., in Conventional Logic and Modern Logic: A Prelude to Transition,  Woodstock, MD: Woodstock College Press, 1952, to which Quine contributed a preface.

Quine died in 2000 on Xmas Day.

From a July 26, 2003, entry,
The Transcendent Signified,
on an essay by mathematician
Michael Harris:



From a December 10, 2003, entry:

Putting Descartes Before Dehors


"Descartes déclare que c'est en moi, non hors de moi, en moi, non dans le monde, que je pourrais voir si quelque chose existe hors de moi."

ATRIUM, Philosophie

For further details, see ART WARS.

The above material may be regarded as commemorating the March 31 birth of René Descartes and death of H. S. M. Coxeter.

For further details, see

Plato, Pegasus, and the Evening Star.

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