Notes on Truth, Beauty, and Goodness -- Phil A231
William Jamison - Instructor
I think there are several wonderful
opportunities open to us as we read the
Tractatus Logico Philosophicus (Routledge Classics) -- by Ludwig
First, it gives us a glimpse of one level of reflective thinking. Assuming that the levels of reflective thinking are also a good metaphor, that is a useful tool, which level of reflective thinking seems to describe the perspective of Wittgenstein when he wrote the Tractatus? Assuming also that he was a genius, but that even a genius goes through the same levels of reflective thinking...
In VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE by William James, James argues: "Interesting as the origins and early stages of a subject always are, yet when one seeks earnestly for its full significance, one must always look to its more completely evolved and perfect forms." (lecture 1) For the same reason, when thinking about or studying the stages of reflective thinking, one may profit considerably by looking to the more completely evolved and perfect example. Wittgenstein goes through the stages and in his written work reflects those stages. The significance of his work is also historically relevant since historical accounts of philosophical development attributes such significance to them, the Tractatus especially.
Think about how music can be used to communicate also, especially in contemporary film and TV:
http://www.nature.com/news/2004/041213/multimedia/041213-14-m1.html sample of 30,000 year old flute music
http://www.nature.com/news/2004/041213/full/041213-14.html description of flute and find
"Myths are versions of the past which explain the present... Myths are usually, though not necessarily, false; they are always more than merely true" Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
The rules below are from:
A First Course in Scientific Computing:
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