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The Blue and Brown Books by Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Jul 18, 07

Read in July, 2003

Some of the best descriptions of words ever.

"Many words in this sense then don't have a strict meaning. But this is not a defect. To think it is would be like saying that the light of my reading lamp is no real light at all because it has no sharp boundary."

He wrote the same thing in another elegant way in Philosophical Grammar. There he compares the usefullness of words to the warmth you feel from a stove. Maybe no real sharp boundary, but still really useful! The difference between the relation of the meaning of words to a feeling rather than a seeing seems significant to me as well, but I dont have any real clue as to what the significance could be.
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