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notes from
WITTGENSTEIN by DEREK JARMAN

“in art, it is hard to say anything as good as saying nothing”
“even to have expressed a false thought boldly and clearly is to have gained a great deal.”
“if someone is merely ahead of time, it will eventually catch up with him.”
“tell me how you are looking, and i will tell you what you are looking for.”

“if a lion could speak, we would not understand what he says.  …  we could get an interpreter, but it would be no use  …  to imagine a language is to imagine a form of life, it’s what we do and who we are that gives meaning to our words”

“philosophy is just a byproduct of misunderstanding language”

“philosophy hunts for the essence of meaning… there’s no such thing!”

“i used to think that language gives us a picture of the world. but it can’t give us a picture of how it does that!”

“i am concerned with nothing except salvation, and i know that we are not here to have a good time.” Keynes: “spoken like a true protestant.”

“for centuries, the central picture in philosophy was a picture of the lonely soul brooding over its private experience. this soul is a prisoner of its own body, and is locked out from contact with other souls by the walls of their bodies. i want to get rid of this picture. there is no private meaning. we are what we are because we share a language and common forms of life”

“my mistake [in Tractatus] was to think that there is only one thing we do with language. i came to realize that there are many different things we do with language, language-games as i call them. the meaning of a word is just whatever we use it for in whatever language-game it happens to be in. … philosophical puzzles arise because we tend to mix up one language-game with another.”

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“A chase scene, for example, may be appropriate for motion pictures, but poorly realized in poetry, because the essential components of the poetic medium are ill suited to convey the information of a chase scene.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsolved_problems_in_philosophy#Aesthetics

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Giacomo Balla, Abstract Speed + Sound 1913-1914

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