Thinking isn't always easy. Feelings get involved, the concepts become unclear, we lose our way about. The purpose of a philosophical investigation, said Wittgenstein, is to give us a clear view of the language, of how we use our words.



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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. A "perspicuous presentation," he called it.

William S. Burroughs called it a naked lunch: "that frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork."