[lit-ideas] Re: "Colourless Objects" (Was: Wittgenstein's Universe)

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 10:12:02 +0100 (BST)

>       "Beilaufig gesprochen: Die Gegenstande sind farblos
>        -- seit 1727."=20
>       (Wittgenstein, TLP 2.0232)

Apparently, it was Wittgenstein's idea that "Beilaufig gesprochen.." be
translated as "Roughly speaking..", which is its meaning in Austria though
not in Germany.

So exactly how objects lack colour only "roughly speaking" is still perhaps
up for grabs. And the quotation is not therefore unequivocal evidence,
despite my earlier suggestion to the contrary, that objects are completely
colourless in all aspects.


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