Saturday, April 04, 2009

Pleasure & Pain, Certainty & Doubt

"What gives us so much as the idea that beings, things, feel?" (Wittgenstein, PI§283)

At the extremes: agony and despair, bliss and faith. Then there is ordinary workaday pleasure and certainty, pain and doubt.

It is important to recognize that pleasure, for example, is not so much a feeling as a modulation of feeling that may involve many emotions. Doubt, likewise, is a modulation of thought, not in itself a thought.

Doubt is not a feeling, though it may, of course, be pleasant or painful to doubt certain things. Pain is not a thought, though it may force us to think.

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