Tag: Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 7: Philosophical Investigations sections 216-292

Series Index Without a doubt rules do something when we undertake disciplined thought.  But when we try to articulate universal claims about rules, they fall flat.  Wittgenstein asks us to remember the sight of railroad tracks stretching out to the horizon (easy enough for one who grew up in Indiana) and suggests that when we…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 6: Philosophical Investigations sections 171-215

Series Index Wittgenstein, in this session’s readings concerns himself with relationships between our general terms and the ranges of realities to which they relate.  Once again in his sights seem to be philosophies of language that treat “pure” language as a desirable (even if impossible) outcome and regard as defective philosophies of language that either…

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…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 2: Philosophical Investigations sections 26-52

Series Index Emmanuel College’s Wittgenstein group keeps rolling along as we approach our next Wittgenstein meeting.  Before that happens, though, I should get a guide in place both for those reading along at home and for those who missed the last meeting but plan to jump back in this round.  So here it goes!  (A per…

Wittgenstein Wednesdays, Session 1: Philosophical Investigations Sections 1-25

Series Index Recently an intrepid group of students and faculty at Emmanuel College began a school-year-long adventure in philosophy, planning together to read Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations together, a bit at a time, over the fall and spring semesters.  As we got the group rolling, I volunteered to provide some sort of online catch-up for those who couldn’t…

Liberals, Labels, and Language Games: An Attempt Better to Respond to Bo Sanders

Last week Bo Sanders, over at Homebrewed Christianity, responded to an assertion (to which he did not link publicly, but that’s not entirely relevant to what I’m assaying here) that he and Tripp Fuller, his fellow host on the podcast, are basically liberals, despite their claims not to be liberal but radical (or HyperTheist or…