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« Straw Dogs | Main | Neither Confucian nor Taoist »

November 27, 2007

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Sam,

While doing some reading on Gadamer for a paper("hermeneutic circle" and his interest in the phenomenology of "play" in language), I came across a comparison & quote from Wittgenstein's "On Certainty" (sorry I don't know how to do italics in this format!) which seems to correspond to your thoughts.....I think. Anyway for what it's worth here it is: "You must bear in mind that the language-game...is...unpredictable....it is not based on grounds. It is not reasonable (or unreasonable). It is there- like life."

Tracy,
I wonder if what he means is "unpredictable" in a rationalist sort of way; that is, we cannot impose an externally-generated (external, that is, to the context of the language itself) standard of interpretation or understanding. Within the life-world of the language itself, it can be quite predictable....

It sounds like the Center for Humanities and Social Sciences is amazing - a lot like what I visualized academia being. How wrong I was in general drove me out.

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