[lit-ideas] Wittgenstein and the say/show distinction

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:55:09 -0500 (EST)


In a message dated 2/25/2013 10:41:47  A.M. UTC-02, 
donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
But, somehow, this perhaps  doesn't need saying.
Donal  


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Note that while
 
"it goes without saying" 
 
is sort of idiomatic, it takes a different scenario, even if not a  
Wittgensteinian one, to make sense of
 
"it goes without showing".
 
Similarly,
 
"Needless to say" is pretty idomatic, if otiose ("Why say it then?")
 
Whereas "needless to show" is rude.
 
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These elements could all be used against McEvoy's interpretation, or in its 
 favour, or other.

Cheers
 
Speranza
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