We will continue our very slow, very cooperative stab at Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations - one of the densest, most idiosyncratic, and most rewarding philosophical texts ever composed. This time we will be starting at Remark 309. No prior reading or background is expected.
In this part of the book, Wittgenstein likens "the philosopher" to a fly in a fly-bottle - a well-intentioned creature who has followed enlightenment's promising scent upwards into a metaphysical glass cage, only to belatedly realize that there's no way to productively continue its flight. Wittgenstein's therapeutic take on philosophizing aims to show this fly the way out of the bottle - back down the way it came - through an investigation of language and the ways we use it.