06 May 2007

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (an Existential Quote)

The Militant Pacifist has recently been surveying the 20th century philosopher Ludwug Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Wittgenstein caused quite a stir by "kicking-off" the serious linguistic analysis craze of the 20th century, and the notable "Vienna Circle" movement whose philosophy ultimately proved to be "self-refuting."

Wittgenstein is generally NOT associated with the existential movement of the 20th century (a movement to which the Militant Pacifist has a perverse attraction), however, the following “existential” quotation from Wittgenstein's "Tractatus," 6.43, seems weighty indeed. Ponder this:

"The world of the happy man is a different one from that of the unhappy man."

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