Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Tao of the Tractatus

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein:
6.54 My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it).

He must surmount these propositions; then he sees the world rightly.

From The Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee:
Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one's back.


Timeshadows said...

Okay, if that is the summation of your previous post (which seemed to go in a very different direction), then yes, we agree.
--Not that that means a fig. ;)

Carter Kaplan said...

Very droll, Timeshadows.

Of course the first post is chiefly concerned with W's later phase, while this more recent post concerns the early phase. Both phases, however, are predicated upon his revolutionary concept of philosophy, which isn't at all revolutionary if you consider Locke, who basically viewed philosophy the same way, and who was a _real_ revolutionary, incidentally. For further reading, in this thread, I suggest Matthew Stewart's treatment of Wittgenstein in his _Truth About Everything_ in which Wittgenstein is described as "The Catcher in the Philosophy Department."

Timeshadows said...

Why thank you, Carter.

& thanks for the additional reading suggestion.