thinking is not independent of the expression of thought

I have been trying in all this to remove the temptation to think that there “must be” a mental process of thinking, hoping, wishing, believing, etc., independent of the process of expressing a thought, a hope, a wish, etc. . . . If we scrutinize the usages which we make of “thinking,” “meaning,” “wishing,” etc., going through this process rids us of the temptation to look for a peculiar act of thinking, independent of the act of expressing our thoughts, and stowed away in some particular medium. (Wittgenstein, The blue and brown books, 1958, pp. 41–43)

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3 Comments

  1. no deir wittgebstein
    Posted 07/11/2007 at 11:31 | Permalink | Reply

    its all the same, filakia
    have you lately been talking to god?

  2. REMF
    Posted 07/11/2007 at 15:46 | Permalink | Reply

    Yeah – no wonder old Ludu got depressed. I myself have tried to take out a coin from the pocket of my pants without the help of such particular mediums as hands or gravity (stand on your head and the coin will roll out). This tempts me to have a peculiar act of thinking: “Am I going nuts or what is this?”

  3. admin
    Posted 07/11/2007 at 16:23 | Permalink | Reply

    eh, be careful, acts of tinkin tempt to come ptruu too, even rhetoric – hands? leave the cock in peace! tink tis rainin gravity hear…

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