Tag: Ludwig Wittgenstein

Reading Through Principles of Christian Theology part 4: Chapter 6

MacQuarrie has been interested from the very beginning of Principles of Christian Theology in the ability or inability of human language to express the experiences and revelations that make up the beginnings of religion. The first sentence of the book, after all, says that theology “seeks to express the content of this faith in the…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 12: Philosophical Investigations sections 607-693

Series Index The final section of Philosophical Investigations brings the language-game approach to questions of ethics, and once again, the real benefit of reading and thinking about what Wittgenstein is doing lies not so much in a single claim or thesis that he develops (as one finds, for instance, in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason)…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 11: Philosophical Investigations sections 529-606

Series Index Philosophical Investigations, as I read it, doesn’t have a thesis so much as it explores both the limits of stating theses and the limits of denying the need for theses.  Whether the subject matter is the nature of thought, the nature of private experiences and our common names for them, or anything else,…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 10: Philosophical Investigations sections 436-528

Series Index Philosophical Investigations was the reading and discussion matter for a group of students and faculty at Emmanuel College during the 2014-15 school year, under the auspices of the Emmanuel College Christian Humanists.  Because I led most of the discussions, I prepared reading notes for each of the twelve sessions that ended up happening, and…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 9: Philosophical Investigations sections 363-435

Series Index In case you’re just tuning in, or in case you’ve forgotten what a Wittgenstein Wednesday is, some faculty and students got together every couple weeks during the 2014-15 school year at Emmanuel College to read through Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations together.  Since I was the de facto discussion leader, and since most of my open…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 8: Philosophical Investigations sections 293-362

Series Index A few months passed between installments seven and eight of this series, so for the sake of those who might come across this later, I’ll just say that I might repeat some things in the second half that I already dealt with in the first, and all parenthetical references below are to the…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 5: Philosophical Investigations Sections 140-170

Series Index At this point I’m not posting things before the meetings or even the day of the meetings but catching up from missed meetings.  Mea culpa.  For those just joining us, this series follows the Emmanuel College Christian Humanist reading group for the 2014-2015 school year as we read together through Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations.  Citations…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Section 4: Philosophical Investigations Sections 87-139

Series Index Once again I’ve waited until the day that Emmanuel College’s Wittgenstein group meets to write the latest blog post. It’s November.  Give me a break.  As with previous posts, numbers refer to section numbers, not page numbers. Who Needs What? No sentence needs an explanation; instead, we need explanations if we misunderstand the sentence (87).  Thus begins the…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Section 3: Philosophical Investigations Sections 53-86

Series Index Emmanuel College’s Wittgenstein group meets today, which means I’m behind on getting the latest blog post up here.  So it goes.  As with previous posts, numbers refer to section numbers, not page numbers. The Persistence and Boundaries of Concepts When something stops existing as its intelligible self (for instance, today’s newspaper might burn in a…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #114: Meno

General Introduction – Listener feedback – Episodes on Borges and Postman? Arête – Excellence and/or virtue – Warriors and excellences – Plato’s expansion of arête – Confucian virtue – Arête and social station – Excellence in tragedy – Meno’s definition – Answering the question carefully Why Ask the Question? – The urge to categorize –…