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2 June 2012
Die Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung (Tractatus Logic0-Philosophicus) of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), published in 1922, contains the following passage (section 6.3631 et seq.):
“It is clear that there are no grounds for believing that the simplest course of events will really happen.
That the sun will rise tomorrow is an hypothesis; and that means that we do not know whether it will rise.
A necessity for one thing to happen because another has happened does not exist…”
You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts. For instance:
1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)
2. Das Vierte Reich/The Fourth Reich (6 Feb 2012)
3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)
4. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)
5. What would Gandhi have said? (30 Jan 2012)
Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.
Hi Allan Tomlins,
Thank you for your comment.
However, we updated the post in the small hours of this morning, removing the reference to a 1964 pop song, as we took the view, on reflection, that the effect of its inclusion was to trivialise the point being made by the Austrian philosopher. As you were quick enough off the mark to check out our original post, your comment included, quite reasonably, the web address of a later version of that pop song, presumably by an Israeli group. However, since our updated post no longer contained any mention of the pop song, for the reason we have just given, it seemed inappropriate to include any subsequent reference to it.