Friday, June 30, 2006

Horwich on Wittgenstein's Meta-philosophy

Here's an interesting quote from Horwich's "Wittgenstein's Meta-Philosophical Development":

The right reaction to our puzzlement is to expose and eliminate the mistakes that provoke it—that is, to recognize how the questions derive from the exaggeration of linguistic analogies, how the puzzlement they induce is uncalled-for, and how the theories designed to dispel that puzzlement are irrational. Once this has been doen we will be left with no new knowledge...but merely with a strengthened resistance to philosophical confusion. (166)


That's a really nice way of expressing the difference between solving a problem and dissolving a problem.

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