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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 18: later Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein graduated to another opinion (see my second chapter on him) when he said that many of Philosophy’s important words, such as Truth, Beauty, Courage, and the Good, don’t even apply to specific entities. Plato had previously said (see my chapter on him) that these were such real entities, that they existed in all realness in some kind of heaven! No, said W., such words simply have their meanings in…

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Analytic Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: chapter 17: Wittgenstein, early and late.

Wittgenstein’s thought is divided into early and late. There was a radical break between them. The early Wittgenstein, extending Russell’s original ideas (which I summarized here), said that statements, unless they are of logic or maths, are meaningless unless they refer to facts!  The thing about ‘facts’ is that they are verifiable entities or happenings in sensed reality; they can be proved true or false.  The important thing is verifiability. Their…

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