Saturday, April 11, 2009

Preface to the Tractus

The preface provided by Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein for his Tractus distinctly impressed upon me just what a preface could be capable of accomplishing.  I have come to consider these fat cut from the steak. I was off the mark.  My error was not wrong in experience, but in limitation of experience.  I could say more, but in light of this preface and feeling the presence of W, I must pass over the rest in silence.

1 comment:

Daniel Soler said...

Something I've learned after reading wider: it's up to you, the reader, to decide how you can benefit from a preface. Sometimes it's a good read before the main work; other times it makes a nice follow-up. It can be read in parts or in whole, or it can be ignored.

In fact, it could be that the word "preface" is often mis-used: just because something occurs before the work, it is not necessarily suited to precede its content.