Saturday, May 30, 2009

On a Wittgensteinian theme.

Word word word word word word word.

I just used the previous sentence to express my thought that ‘the ship is sailing on the sea.’

I just used the previous sentence to tell you that I used the first sentence to express that ‘the ship is sailing on the sea.’

If you were “in my mind,” all of these sentences (including this one) would be redundant, in the sense that they’d be telling you what you already know.


My point? I’m not sure yet, but whatever it is, I’m convinced it’s profound and ingenious.



Blogger Derek said...

It's clear that 'word' is both a sign and a symbol. A sign, since it's comprised of marks. A symbol, because it means 'word'. 

Its extension? Perhaps every possible symbol that's a word. Its intension? Perhaps ‘a sign with meaning’. Does 'word' refer to itself? Well, if its extension is 'every possible symbol that's a word', then surely. 


2:35 PM  
Blogger Derek said...

'sign' is a symbol.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Mr.Psyc said...

how bout u email me instead of uselessly firing the neurons u used for this post?

any thoughts? laziness is not just a "symbol"!

8:15 PM  

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