I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again “I know that that’s a tree”, pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: “This fellow isn’t insane. We are only doing philosophy.” (Wittgenstein, On Certainty, §467)

From: [identity profile] epistolarysmack.livejournal.com

That quote actually gives me warm fuzzies. I sometimes wish philosophy had stopped with Wittgenstein.

From: [identity profile] owl-of-minerva.livejournal.com

I could read Wittgenstein all day. I'm glad philosophy didn't stop with Ludwig, but he really does make me happy.

Of course, my undergrad papers for my Wittgenstein class were on "Wittgenstein and Levinas" and "Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard", so that probably says a lot about how I read him. (I found this quotation again while flipping through an old paper on Wittgenstein and Russell, though, so I should get some analytic cred ;) )

From: [identity profile] epistolarysmack.livejournal.com

Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard?!!!? I would KILL to see that paper. Do you still have it? :-)

From: [identity profile] owl-of-minerva.livejournal.com

I think I have it in hard copy only (or, it might be on a floppy disk somewhere, but I no longer have a computer that can take floppies). It basically talks about methodology & indirect communication. The ideas of indirect communication and mimesis (basically how does one try to convey ideas that aren't easily put into language) were really important to me at that point in undergrad; I also have a Heidegger & Augustine paper on much the same topic, if I remember correctly.

From: [identity profile] turkishb.livejournal.com

Hello, I am adding you because I always enjoy your commentary in some other journals I... what is the proper way to describe this? read? hang out in? Anyway, I realize most of your content is behind a friends lock. So I hope at some point we interact enough to gain entry. :)

From: [identity profile] owl-of-minerva.livejournal.com

Hey [livejournal.com profile] turkishb, thanks! I'm not adding you back for now since I'm a little shy about adding new folks at present, but I'll keep my eyes open for you in our shared LJ hangouts.


From: [identity profile] turkishb.livejournal.com

No problem. Probably won't see much of me speaking. I tend to lurk, as I'd rather watch and learn than participate where I don't have the chops and simply gum up the works. (Uhm, see? Look at that mixed metaphor. I'm a mess.) :)



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