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"Hidden in Plain Sight": Language and the Importance of the Ordinary in Wallace, DeLillo, and Wittgenstein

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Pieter den Dulk, A. and Leaker, A. (2017). "Hidden in Plain Sight": Language and the Importance of the Ordinary in Wallace, DeLillo, and Wittgenstein. In Pire, B. David Foster Wallace: Presences of the Other. Sussex Academic Press, pp. 73-88

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Wittgenstein often compares the arbitrariness of the rules of a language to that of the rules of a game, for example, chess: "the purpose of the rules of chess is not to correspond to the essence of chess but to the purpose of the game of chess" [...] We can of course decide, while playing chess, to ignore the existing rules and make up new ones, but then we are not playing chess anymore, and there is a good chance that our opponent does not understand what we are doing (as in the Eschaton game, which ends in a massive fight). [...]

—p.81 by Allard Pieter den Dulk, Anthony Leaker 1 year, 11 months ago

Wittgenstein often compares the arbitrariness of the rules of a language to that of the rules of a game, for example, chess: "the purpose of the rules of chess is not to correspond to the essence of chess but to the purpose of the game of chess" [...] We can of course decide, while playing chess, to ignore the existing rules and make up new ones, but then we are not playing chess anymore, and there is a good chance that our opponent does not understand what we are doing (as in the Eschaton game, which ends in a massive fight). [...]

—p.81 by Allard Pieter den Dulk, Anthony Leaker 1 year, 11 months ago