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Wittgenstein and Analytic Philosophy: Essays for P. M. S. by Hans-Johann Glock, John Hyman

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The fear of leaks is in many instances a primary reason for publishing oral esoteric knowledge in written form: it drives out of circulation ‘bad versions’ of the esoteric knowledge and practice. Thus Wittgenstein: ‘Up to a short time ago I had really given up the idea of publishing my work in my lifetime; it used, indeed, to be revived from time to time: mainly because I was obliged to learn that my results (which I had communicated in lectures, typescripts, and discussion), variously misunderstood, more or less mangled or watered down, were in circulation’ (Preface to PI, p.

Autobiography’, in P. A. ), The Philosophy of Rudolf Carnap, The Library of Living Philosophers, Volume 11 (La Salle: Open Court, 1963), 26. 10 avishai margalit amount to much, at least not in terms of doctrine. ’ So we might say that Wittgenstein’s influence on Carnap was in strengthening and radicalizing his anti-metaphysical views. But even this is far from clear, since Carnap did not find Wittgenstein’s anti-metaphysical attitude radical and consistent enough. ’⁶ Carnap has an elaborate account of the inner tension and ambivalence in Wittgenstein’s attitude to metaphysics, in contrast to Schlick and his attitude, which spares ‘no love for metaphysics or metaphysical theology’.

The joy of esoteric teaching is not in transmitting knowledge, but in recognizing others as sharing the same unusual thoughts and experiences. An esoteric sect, like a war cabinet, is terrified of leaks. The fear of leaks is in many instances a primary reason for publishing oral esoteric knowledge in written form: it drives out of circulation ‘bad versions’ of the esoteric knowledge and practice. Thus Wittgenstein: ‘Up to a short time ago I had really given up the idea of publishing my work in my lifetime; it used, indeed, to be revived from time to time: mainly because I was obliged to learn that my results (which I had communicated in lectures, typescripts, and discussion), variously misunderstood, more or less mangled or watered down, were in circulation’ (Preface to PI, p.

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