November 1, 2010


ME + me: More Wittgenstein's Tractatus - 1 and 2

I continue being not well, and otherwise also as before, so I cannot do much. However, now and then I can do a little more, and yesterday was such a day. Being a philosopher, I felt inspired to take up my edition and notes on Wittgenstein's Tractatus (Logico-Philosophicus) (<- Wikipedia links).

Thus I wrote yesterday, and thus I repeat today:

For that's what I did - in fact, the same as yesterday, overhauled. It needs one more go, and it needs some insertion of some summaries, but once that is done I can continue with sections 3 - 7.

Health and circumstances permitting, of course.

Let me say a little more - in continuation of what I wrote yesterday - about Wittgenstein, or rather: Of what I know about him.

I did read a fair amount of his books, for after he died other books of his were published, derived by editors from notes or typescripts of his, such as the Blue and the Brown Books, Remarks on the foundations of mathematics, and something about esthetics, and was not much impressed. Also, I read a fair amount about him, by Malcolm, Von Wright, Stenius, Russell, Gellner, Findlay, Hermans and quite a few others, but since there has been published a lot about his philosophies and his person, I should add that I am not a real  specialist, and especially not in the  linguistic philosophy derived from the the ideas of the later Wittgenstein, of the Philosophical Investigations, which differed considerably from those of the earlier Wittgenstein, of the Tractatus. 

The ideas of the later Wittgenstein I did not like at all, and Ernest Gellner's "Words and things" explains well why, as Bertrand Russell did earlier in "My Philosophical Development".

Finally, to answer a burning question some may have: Why do I write about the Tractatus?

The answer is mostly that in fact I have already done so, in fact quite long ago, and that I think it is good, but that my edition of it that was on line (and still is) is not good and deserves some improvements, and also some extensions, namely with summaries of my own ideas in my comments.

Also, I felt like it and could do it - which doesn't happen often - and it pleases and interests me rather a lot more than most that I read about and around ME, although I am aware it will interest only a very small number of people.
And it also pleases me to write something else for my site than about ME.           

P.S. The present version The beginning of my translation of and comments is rather a lot better than the one I produced yesterday, for which I am sorry, but which can't be helped: I have to do it the way I do it or not do it at all.

And I repaired a paragraph in yesterday's text, that someone kindly pointed out was difficult to make sense of.

P.P.S. It may be I have to stop Nederlog for a while. The reason is that I am physically not well at all. I don't know yet, but if there is no Nederlog, now you know the reason.


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz

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