Sunday, February 10, 2008

Blue Sky Thinking

Look at the blue of the sky and say to yourself “How blue the sky is!”—When you do it spontaneously—without philosophical intentions—the idea never crosses your mind that this impression of colour belongs only to you. And you have no hesitation in exclaiming that to someone else. And if you point at anything as you say the words you point to the sky.
That’s from Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, 1953, para 275; cf. Kevin Ayers, 1970—"Blue is the colour of sky, and I won’t even try to explain how or why, I’ll just show you the sky."

4 comments:

Svenn said...

That's so nice. Since I have listened to Kevin Ayers for 30 yerars, I guess I don't have to catch up on my Wittgenstein reading.

Svenn said...

I might have to catch up on my spelling!

Ron Murphy said...

"Similarly beauty is in the eye of the beholder (as is colour, etc.) whilst also being a property of the beheld" - Your Theodicy.

...d id aid said...

Yeah, I've a view of literality under which "what makes a fact objectively true is not that one’s mental map is a perfect representation, but that the reality that is being modelled sufficiently well by that map objectively exists," where that "sufficiently well" seems to me to be a continuum (in science and 6-day Creationism, as much as in ordinary language). Basically, Reality trumps Language.