more from Seneca the Younger

Single Idea 13313

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 5. Against Analysis]

Full Idea

Even the philosophers have descended to the level of drawing distinctions between the uses of different syllables and discussing the proper meanings of prepositions and conjunctions.

Gist of Idea

Even philosophers have got bogged down in analysing tiny bits of language

Source

Seneca the Younger (Letters from a Stoic [c.60], 088)

Book Reference

Seneca: 'Letters from a Stoic (Selections)', ed/tr. Campbell,Robin [Penguin 1969], p.160


A Reaction

How wonderfully prescient! The vast industry of modern philosophy of language exactly fits Seneca's description. I don't quite share his contempt, of course, and I think Seneca would have a bit of sympathy with modern analysis (just a bit!).