Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Make Them Clear

Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts.  Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity.  A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. Philosophy does not result in "philosophical propositions", but rather in the clarification of propositions.  Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries.

-- Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951), Austrian-born philosopher, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922), 4.112

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