Wittgenstein’s First Proposition

1. The world is all that is the case.

The definition of case used is

a situation that exists, especially as it affects a particular person or group

The definition of situation used is

a combination of all the things that are happening and all the conditions that exist at a particular time in a particular place

There is an assumption of space and time here as a necessary truth, that is, it is propositionally true. Logic assumes reasoning and pure reasoning. I do not believe there is such a thing as pure reasoning. Reasoning must necessarily be impure since it is limited to the time, place, and to the person (a particular point-of-view).

The reality just is, with or without being observed or reasoned. In pure being there is no thing, space, and time in the sense that none of these have sentience of the other in any kind of complete and coherent system.

The world is a place of suspended judgment. It is only the sentient who do not suspend their judgment. That, in some way, is a curse.

5 thoughts on “Wittgenstein’s First Proposition”

  1. I think Witt might address the How.

    I see maybe perhaps beginning with What is the World, to which he answers All that is the case yields a different answer, a different frame, than if we see it first through what the case is.

    What is the case? Applied to every situation. For example: What is the case of how we have knowledge?


  2. I find the assumption of “case” rather difficult to swallow, much like the first line of the Bible: “In the beginning God created …”. Without batting an eyelid we are told to believe that God exists.

    Rather, if I work through how we have knowledge, rather than have “a theory of knowledge” as Russell explains of Wittgenstein’s text, then we may move forward with the philosophy.


  3. …I wonder…what if we ask, rather than a pre-made definition, but what is the case?

    What is the case?

    But also, I’m curious if you have followed the Tractatus (sp?) all the way through, or if you are just contemplating the first line?


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