[NetBehaviour] Expulsion, Refuge, Wittgenstein, Pirke Avot

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 19:57:18 CET 2021

I love this. What was that you said about not being able to write poetry?

On 05/01/2021 22:09, Alan Sondheim wrote:
> Expulsion, Refuge, Wittgenstein, Pirke Avot
> http://www.alansondheim.org/tlp.jpg
> Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
> Expulsion as the foundation of organization.
> Neither this nor that:::
> Not both this and that:::
> The rest of the structure of propositional logic follows suit.
> "Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darueber muss man schweigen."
> - What we cannot speak about, we must pass over in silence.
> (trans. Pears and McGuinness)
> - Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
> (trans. Ogden)
> How does this tally with refugee status? For if we do not speak
> up, then we are complicit. I think of TLP in relation at this
> point in time to the necessity of speech. What about W's
> sexuality, his Judaism? His Catholicism?
> "The family appeared to have a strong streak of depression
> running through it." (Wikipedia)
> The clarity of the work, clean and proper body, architecture -
> "Music came to a full stop with Brahms; and even in Brahms I can
> begin to hear the noise of machinery." ibid. But this is not
> Kristeva's body (Powers of Horror); it's something else. The
> clarity sought disappears in the later work, color for example,
> on mathematics, all indeterminate, create a great deal of noise.
> So a deliberate misreading of W. for which I ask forgiveness;
> it is worth it, is it, to consider as well the tawdry, sleazy,
> abject, decrepit, miasmatic, leakage of the chora? For even in
> considerations of color (or colour, and what might that add or
> detract?), one might imagine a clean room, not for example a
> football pitch.
> Once you have A, B - distinction, then expulsion. Or just A for
> example, Not both A & A and therefore everything else; Neither A
> nor A, neti neti ghost both, therefore everything else. Or at
> least within the aegis of the operation, the potential of
> everything else: who knows?
> [The _humanization_ of propositional logic, here a deliberate
> misreading. And do not forget the TLP in its entirety; too often
> there are 'breezy' misreadings jumping to the last sections, as
> if the rest is irrelevant; it isn't; it's the describable world.]
> What is expelled, what is annihilated, what is discarded, what is
> deprecated, what is forgotten, what is lost ::
> Who is expelled, who are annihilated, who are discarded, who are
> deprecated, who are forgotten, who are lost ::
> Here in Central Falls there an ICE detention center: "More than
> 60 ICE detainees on 'hunger strike' call for release" ...
> Shortly before the silence:
> "6.52 We feel that even when all _possible_ scientific questions
> have been answered, the problems of life remain completely
> untouched. Of course there are then no questions left, and this
> itself in the answer."
> and
> "6.521 The solution of the problem of life is seen in the
> vanishing of the problem." [...]
> This silence, also, in
> "6.522 There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words.
> They _make themselves manifest._ They are what is mystical."
> The scaffolding of expulsion disappears, everything empties out.
> I think of Amery, however, so many others, the lost, the
> disappeared around the world, the annihilated, those whose
> history is absolutely destroyed. They mystical relates to the
> numinous, the sublime, what of the inconceivable depths of
> genocide? What of that?
> "Put a fence around the Torah." "The quote you are looking for
> is to be found in the Mishnah, at the opening of the Tractate
> 'Aboth.'" Do we seep beneath the bridge, and who are we who even
> now, all of us, are in danger of disappearing?
> Do we seep, do we sweep?
> "Dhamma
> 17. Having wandered for alms, leaning on a stick, weak, with
> trembling limbs I fell to the ground in that very spot, having
> seen peril in the body. Then my mind was completely released."
> Elders' Verses, Therigatha, trans. Norman
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