“For all I wanted to do with them was just to go beyond the world”

My whole tendency and I believe the tendency of all men [sic] who ever tried to write or talk Ethics or Religion was to run against the boundaries of language. This running against the walls of our cage is perfectly, absolutely hopeless. Ethics so far as it springs from the desire to say something about the ultimate meaning of life, the absolute good, the absolute valuable, can be no science. What it says does not add to our knowledge in any sense. But it is a document of a tendency in the human mind which I personally cannot help respecting deeply and I would not for my life ridicule it.

-Ludwig Wittgenstein, “A Lecture on Ethics” in The Philosophical Review, Volume 74, Issue 1 (Jan., 1965), 3-12.

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