Tuesday, November 13, 2007

5.552 The “experience” that we use to understand logic is not that such and such a thing is the case, but rather that something is: but that is no experience at all [eben keine Erfahrung].

Logic is before every experience – that something is thus.

It is before the How, not before the What.

The last sentence sounds almost like Heidegger. Is logic like a filter through which we experience things? Sounds almost like Kant. Mysterious.

Black (p. 303) points to 6.1222, 3.221, 6.44, 2.0271 (identifying the How with the contingent or changing), 2.024 (identifying the What with Substance), and PI 89.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Duh, it is like Kant, because Wittgenstein IS saying logic is only a way of filtering the world, it is not the world. Wittgenstein is talking metaphysics here - escape from you analytical scientism and look at what Wittgenstein says in the Tractatus about logical space and logical scaffolding in the world. Open you mind to what he SAYS not what you want him to say.