Seamanship Quotation

“In political activity, then, men sail a boundless and bottomless sea; there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination.”
— from Michael Oakeshott's
Political Education” (1951)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Brain Candy

Robert Fulford on Ludwig Wittgenstein, the “fun” philosopher:

“This is a very pleasant pineapple,” he says at one point, then demands that students explain what goes on within that sentence, which none of them can do. He also says, “A dog cannot lie. Neither can he be sincere.” His listeners sit in deck chairs because (according to an often-printed anecdote) Wittgenstein, when short of funds, furnished his apartment with deck chairs. He chose poverty. Money was a burden he didn’t care to accept.”

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