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D. student – told the twentythree-year-old undergraduate philosophy student about his childhood fears, induced by a pattern of fallen plaster in the lavatory of his home. ”3 The following year, over tea in Drury’s rooms, Wittgenstein (as recounted by Drury) went over to look at my books. Picking up a volume of Spinoza’s letters, WITTGENSTEIN: “These letters are most interesting, particularly when he is writing about the beginnings of natural science. – Spinoza ground lenses. I think this must have been an enormous help to him when he needed a rest from thinking.
Our linguistic practices “show” the background against which they appear. ” (OC, 7). In Wittgenstein’s later philosophy, as in this quotation, action and thought are intertwined, with each at times providing the background for the other. ” But equally often he speaks, as mentioned previously, of actions, rather than propositions: the “end” of the justificatory questions is said to be not a proposition but a set of actions, a form of life. This side of Wittgenstein’s thinking Varieties of Pragmatic Experience 21 corresponds to John Searle’s notion of “The Background,” which is a set of “nonrepresentational mental capacities,” such as “walking, eating, grasping, perceiving, recognizing, and the preintentional stance that takes account of the solidity of things, and the independent existence of objects and other people.
One of the marks of James’s humanity as a writer – here as elsewhere in his works and in his life – is his shifting among such professional identities as psychologist, physiologist, and philosopher. The tour guide reveals something of himself. A main distinction of the book is between “the religion of healthy-mindedness” – practiced by those who “look on everything and see that it is good” – and the religion of the “sick souls” – those who find a fundamental terror, emptiness, or evil at the heart of existence.