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Wittgenstein on Private Language

A Reflection from a Class at Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Why can’t there be a private language, according to Wittgenstein? What is the significance of the discussion? 410 more words


Christian mysticism

There was one well-known mystic who wished to help others achieve the union with God that he had reached; and he went from town to town trying to explain those things which had been revealed to him, saying such outrageous things as: “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” and “The kingdom of God is within you” and “I and my Father (God) are one.” As you are no doubt aware, he was executed for saying these things. 1,390 more words

O. K. Bouwsma Does the Forms

Imagine, for this purpose, a museum–a museum, deep in calm, fixed in breathlessness, done in silence, clothed in invisibility, awful, laid away in heaven.  And the walls thereof are purest essence, some quint-essence, some tri-essence, but none semi-essence.  

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On The Irreducibility of Concepts and Their Unaccountability (Part Two)

Psychology teaches us that the identity and classification of concepts on paper may be satisfactory at first glance yet the mixture of concepts within the human organism (or if you wish the mind) is far from neutral, objective or clear. 685 more words


Wittgenstein and Aristotle: a Comparison of the Conceptions of an Object

This essay is a very introductory work to the philosophy of Wittgenstein. Ludwig Wittgenstein himself was an extraordinary character, and in his work, “The Tractatus” each sentence manages to evoke such strengths and vigor that an overly analytical philosophical logic hits one as a revelation. 2,322 more words


On The Irreducibility of Concepts and Their Unaccountability (Part One)

On The Irreducibility of Concepts and Their Unaccountability (Part One)
The problem of a classical theory of concepts (definitionism), which amounts to the same thing as a classification theory in general, is not only the assumption of some underlying identity of a concept (the same essentialism that Wittgenstein would critique, opting for the notion of ‘family resemblance’ instead) but also the problem of how the ‘subject’ personally associates with the concept it encounters. 264 more words


Die Grenzen als philosophischer Roman

Hier sind Drachen by Husch Josten
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Hier sind Drachen” ist der Ort, an dem das Unbekannte ist.
So führt uns dieser kurze Roman an die Grenzen unserer tagtäglichen Gedanken, seien es die über die Liebe und wie gut wir die Menschen die wir lieben wirklich kennen (können) oder über unsere moderne Welt voller Unzulänglichkeiten und Terror. 17 more words