Sunday, September 26, 2010

A secret language

Mightn't we imagine a man who, never having had any acquaintance with music, comes to us and hears someone playing a reflective piece of Chopin and is convinced that this is a language and people merely want to keep the meaning secret from him?

Wittgenstein, Zettel, translated by  G. E. M. Anscombe, 
University of California Press, 1967

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