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Single Idea 18712

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 2. Understanding]

Full Idea

Understanding is really translation, whether into other symbols or into action.

Gist of Idea

Understanding is translation, into action or into other symbols


Ludwig Wittgenstein (Lectures 1930-32 (student notes) [1931], B I.5)

Book Reference

Wittgenstein,Ludwig: 'Lectures in Cambridge 1930-32', ed/tr. Lee,Desmond [Blackwell 1980], p.24

A Reaction

The second part of this sounds like pure pragmatism. To do is to understand? I doubt it. Do animals understand anything?