[Wittrs] Re: [quickphilosophy] Next Up

  • From: wittrsl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: quickphilosophy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:39:04 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Walter:
I have some wrap-up remarks on the TLP to make, but just haven't had the time; 
we're trying to buy some property in the Sierra foothills right now, and I'm 
half-crazy from driving across the state every weekend.
The Tractatus is a particularly difficult and inaccessible text. I saw a lot of 
things in this read that I hadn't before, and that will probably happen about 
the same way for the next six times I read it. Anyway, I think it's good that 
we hammered at a few of the central issues and even got to the end of it, 
albeit by great leaps and bounds.
As a candidate Next Up, how about Kripke's "Naming and Necessity"? A classic 
modern text with some very flashy and controversial conclusions. Quick 
Philosophy not Quit Philosophy. And, what would it say if after we read the 
TLP, and Wittgenstein has shown thereby that all philosophy is utterly 
pointless, that we give up the discussion group? 
Let's not abandon ship just yet. Then too, maybe some tail-ender discussions on 
the TLP will arise.

--- On Tue, 8/17/10, walto <calhorn@xxxxxxx> wrote:

From: walto <calhorn@xxxxxxx>
Subject: [quickphilosophy] Next Up
To: quickphilosophy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 3:54 PM


If nobody has anything further to say about the Tractatus, I will tomorrow make 
my suggestions for possible a second read, and also ask for (i) additional 
suggestions, and (ii) whether this group should continue at all or be 
deep-sixed. It may be that we have not hit a "tipping point" in members or that 
the members we have are already over-committed to other groups, or that the 
Tractatus was simply not interesting enough or too well understood already to 
sustain much confab. But if I'm going to have to make 3/4 or more of the posts 
on every book and so few comments (regardless of who makes them) get any 
response at all, my sense is that we don't have critical mass or sufficient 
interest to continue.

If any of you DO want to continue with community reads of philosophy books in 
which you have some interest, I recommend that you try to get a philosophy 
friend or two (who is/are not either nuts or overly aggressive) to sign up!



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