Objects of Comparison

Occasional thoughts and monthly newsletters from David Egan Philosophy

Wittgenstein describes his philosophical method as providing “objects of comparison” (Philosophical Investigations §§130, 131). Instead of approaching a problem frontally, Wittgenstein offers a scenario that prompts us to see the matter differently. He works not to solve the problem but to transform our understanding of what the problem is. This seems like a good description of what blogging is for: not to pin down the truth but to offer up a few thoughts that might help us see a matter differently.

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