June 5, 1998
The Fiction of Philosophy: Making Complex Ideas Palatable
When I was in graduate school at Yale, the philosopher Jonathan Lear ran a wildly popular seminar on Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, which the professor habitually began by quoting from A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. "Piglet and Pooh have decided to make 'Aha!' mean, 'We'll tell you where Roo is if you leave the woods,'" he'd say, as people pressed into a stuffy, third-floor classroom in Connecticut Hall. "In this seminar we are going to try to make 'Aha!'