"The result is frustration: the completeness and eternity achieved in past philosophical systems have proven to be provisional, perfectible, and sources of confusions for generations of future philosophers." I like this & simply want to reiterate Dewey's remarks about the way most philosophies before Pragmatism substituted imagined unities (beautiful, beautiful unities) for the actual messiness & incompleteness of the world as it is. And then compounded the mistake by comparing the actual world to the imagined & finding it wanting. The genius of Pragmatism--& The Philosophical Investigations, I believe--is the way that they accept what everyone actually knows in their bones--that there are different ways (language games) of talking about or dealing with the world (forms of life?). "Talking about" & "dealing with" if not identical are certainly parallel activities.


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