“I’ll Show You Differences”: Wittgenstein contra Hegel

“Hegel seems to me to be always wanting to say that things that look different are really the same. Whereas my interest is in showing that things which look the same are really different. I was thinking of using as a motto for my book a quotation from King Lear: ‘I’ll show you differences.’ [laughing:] The remark, ‘You’d be surprised’ wouldn’t be a bad motto either.”

 

–Ludwig Wittgenstein (1948)*

 

(*remark to M. O’C. Drury, 1948. Reported in Drury, The Danger of Words & Writings on Wittgenstein (1996), p. 157)

 

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