“Wittgenstein’s Names” / Memorable Fancies #2277

[“Could one then do without names? Surely not.” – Wittgenstein]

Because “name” is what we call what people are called. “Name” is the name of their names. You see a name; “Ludwig,” for instance. What is it? It is a name. “Ludwig” is the name of the name Ludwig. The flesh and blood Ludwig has only a derivative, third-logical-level claim to Ludwig-ness, a losing score in the language games of life.

[“Könnte man also ohne Namen auskommen? Doch wohl nicht.” – Notebooks 1914-1916]


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