Wittgenstein Week

So, b/c I’m trying to be a responsible scholar, I realized that I needed to read a whole bunch of Wittgenstein in order to talk about DFWs The Broom of the System with a modicum of sense.  In honor of this, I am designating the amount of time to read this amount of Ludwig, “Wittgenstein Week.”  This may, of course, take more than a week.  So, to be wholly participating in WW, I would like to present a brief snippet of the Tractatus.  Like everything, I even found W. talking about apocalyptic-type stuff (of course):

“6.43–If the good or bad exercise of the will does alter the world, it can alter only the limits of the world, not the facts–not what can be expressed by the means of language.  In short the effect must be that it becomes an altogether different world.  It must, so to speak, wax and wane as a whole.  The world of the happy man is a different on from that of the unhappy man.

“6.431–So too at death the world does not alter, but comes to an end.

“6.4311–Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death.  If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.  Our life has no end in just the way in which our visual field has no limits” (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, trans. D.F. Pears & B.F. McGuiness [New York: Routledge, 1974 (1961)], 87).

Need to read more W. before I can coherently say much else.

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