Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Question #2 Answered

Dear Boyfriend,

What is the meaning of life?



Dear Alaina,

For the answer to this I will have to defer to Sanford I. Berman PHD, Wittgenstein and the Logical Positivists. Specifically to Berman's work Wittgenstein and General Semantics.

The unchanging purpose of all philosophizing is to make our language clear and unambiguous; to reject as meaningless all the statements for which we can find no determinate meaning, and to make as clear and precise as we can those statements which are vague and ambiguous. Outside the properly philosophical activity of clarifying language, and the scientific activity of pursuing truth, there is no additional and special province for the philosophical pursuit of truth of a kind different from the truth accessible to science, and therefore we must reject as nonsense all the special "philosophical problems" of traditional philosophy.

In other words 'Expressed in language, the question is meaningless.'


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy crap, I was randomly thinking about Wittgenstein this morning, had a question about him, and how Boyfriend must know some of his stuff pretty will, but then again this is philosophy and consequently not based on how people talk in the real world, so, maybe not. Nope, you definately know the 'Stein. So here's my question from this morning, can you explain the phrase "All the world is all that is the case." or whatever that saying of 'Steiny's is? p.s. This was all thought about before I knew of the Ask Boyfriend movement. Ludicridiculous.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wait, I just read the post, is that pretty much the answer to my question?

I'm not a huge fan of the 'Stien, I'll take Kirkegaard, thank you very much.

9:34 AM  

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