Our "Wittgenstein Workshops" constitute by far the longest-running thematic series in the Chicago Philosophy Meetup. The staying power of this format owes much to Wittgenstein's ability to "start over" - and to force his readers to start over - again and again attending to the same everyday but fascinatingly elusive issues. Seldom does a philosopher so thoroughly combine rigor with accessibility.
The Workshop format features a balance of close live reading and extended discussion. Tonight we'll start with remark 442 in the Philosophical Investigations, and proceed forward at no particular rate. Among the topics in this part of the text is the anticipatory quality of language - the forward-looking character of our conceptual thinking. In what sense we can be said to think of, and refer to, states of affairs that have not yet arisen points toward some of the deepest problems in ontology.