Wittgenstein: Why Philosophy Is Bound to Err by Adrian-Paul Iliescu

By Adrian-Paul Iliescu

Opposite to the view between philosophers and Chomskyean linguists, who take Wittgenstein's metaphilosophy as eccentric and never fairly critical, the writer claims that Wittgenstein supplied compelling arguments for his later theses that not anything is hidden, there's not anything to find, there's not anything to give an explanation for, and there's not anything to reconstruct.

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Of singling out particular items which play the role of an explanans, is impossible.

Analogously, "when we are worried about the nature of thinking, the puzzlement which we wrongly interpret to be one about the nature of a medium is a puzzlement caused by the mystifying use of our language. g. when we are puzzled about the nature of time, when time seems to us a queer thing. We are most strongly tempted to think that here are things hidden, something we can see from the outside but which we can't look into. 6). But why are philosophers inclined to start an investigation into 'the nature of things', instead of clarifying grammar and the linguistic conventions?

Simply understanding the component words or the (apparently) similar sentence 'it's five o'clock here'. ; but, since we are not familiar at all with the kind of use that this sentence should have (we don't know when and how it should be applied by people living on the sun), we miss, in fact, its proper meaning. When hearing it, we might be sure that we understand what is being said; we can even engage in a talk having this sentence as starting-point. But it is clear that, in some essential way, we don't really know what we are talking about.

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