// by Ludwig Wittgenstein | Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed. / The riddle does not exist. / If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.

People start short at natural laws as at something unassailable, as did the ancients at God and Fate. / And they both are right and wrong. But the ancients were clearer, in so far as they recognized one clear terminus, whereas the modern system makes it appear as though everything were explained.

The existence and non-existence of states of affairs is reality.

Philosophy does not result in 'philosophical propositions', but rather in the clarification of propositions.

A proposition is a model of reality as we imagine it.

There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is mystical.

The propositions of logic describe the scaffolding of the world, or rather they represent it. They have no 'subject-matter'.

If a sign is useless, it is meaningless. That is the point of Occam's maxim.

Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations.

(Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 4.112)

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.