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Hello Bill. Wittgenstein also wrote a paper around the time he returned to philosophy in the late 1920s or early 1930s. I didn't have time (breakfast and all) to follow it up.

All the best, hope the weather in Arizona is better than the foulness here in the Wen.

The summer is now upon us in the Sonoran desert. Everything bathed in lambent light.

Let me know if you find any other medieval anticipations of the Leibniz question.

I would be interested if you think there is a parallel with Wittgenstein's discussion which I quote here. He says "That there are facts is not something which can be expressed in a proposition". It's obviously contradictory - he first says (or implies) that "there are facts" is true, then says this fact cannot be expressed. I suppose it's one of those strange truths that we have to grasp by climbing the ladder then throwing it away.

As I understand him, there is a sort of linguistic scaffolding that we use to talk about the world. But we cannot talk about the scaffolding. That's an idea that runs through all of his philosophy.

It seems to me that there is a parallel with your earlier discussion about the two types of question. Given that there are facts, we can ask whether the corresponding propositions are true or not. But that is different from asking whether there are facts at all.

Ed,

I think there is a parallel, one I will explore in a separate post.

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