I N V E S T I G A T I O N S



"...that frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork."
William S. Burroughs

The purpose of a philosophical investigation, said Wittgenstein, is to give us a clear view of the language, of how we use our words. In particular, we want to understand how they led us into the contradiction that blocks our way forward. "The civil status of a contradiction," he said, "or its status in civil life: that is the philosophical problem." It is solved by penning a series of philosophical remarks, arranged in a surveyable manner. He called this a "perspicuous presentation" and its goal has been achieved when you say, "Now I can go on!"

Philosophy, in this sense, is the art of writing concepts down. As your philosophical investigator, my job is to present your concepts to you in writing, to help you "get wise" to the way of your own thinking. How you go on from there is your business.



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