10.29.2002

[77]Decoupling word and thing is difficult precisely because our philosophical habit of privileging nouns and representationalism is so strong. The process view has great appeal ever since I read Whitehead and Teilard de Chardin in college. They present the world as a creative achievement. Wittgenstein belongs in a category with them in this regard, but he remains fairly unclassifiable. When you see the world as a process or from the perspective of a walker, then what you see will have blurred edges. This is the quality of perception in a dynamic world that Wittgenstein addresses in 77.

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