[lit-ideas] Re: Though Maybe Not For All

  • From: Eric Yost <NYCEric@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 15:34:09 -0500

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but...
When Ludwig Wittgenstein writes, PI/43,

"For a _large_ class of cases - though not for all - ....the meaning
of a word is its use in the language".

1. Can someone expand on the character of the _large_ class? And why
it is large?

2. What is the character of the other, presumably _smaller_?, class?
And why?

Wittgenstein could have been hedging, or . . .

A man walks into a bar and asks Wittgenstein
whether  his statement above is true of a rebus,
a chemical equation,
or the score of Penderecki's String Quartet #1.

Wittgenstein is too drunk to answer.

"And what about names?" the man asks.

Then the talking parrot on the bartender's shoulder says
W was merely making room for exceptions, or just meant "in the majority 
of cases."

"Those beers come in large cases," mutters Wittgenstein

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