Thanks for bringing up the deletion of the answer of background for reading Wittgenstein.
(I am assuming its my answer we are talking of)
These are the...
Facts from my side
- A person who has asked just two questions so far on phil-SE
- Who in his earlier question admited to being 15 years old(!)
- That earlier question has a single +4 accepted answer by myself which elaborates on the link between Wittgenstein and linguistic relativity. (That's not to boast but to simply point out that that Wittgenstein-related answer was found helpful by this young man)
- Was followed a few days later by this question expressing a wish but also with trepidation of grappling with Wittgenstein on his own territory, ie un-watered down.
Taking all these factors into account, in order to encourage this young man – there's only one chance one gets at being a 15-year old! – I encouraged him to "dive in the deep end".
[Personal note: My grandpa dunked me into Socratic dialogues in my teens – one of the many things for which I thank gpa. Yes Wittgenstein is harder than Plato but (I maintain) the hardness is inherent and not from lack of background reading]
@Eliran objected to the connection:
Wittgenstein → Spinoza → Euclid
Tractatus Logico-philosophicus → Tractatus Theologico-politicus → Axiomatic method
To answer this objection I found it necessary to
Orthogonalize the form of the Tractatus from the content
In adding that addendum I
thought it necessary to show the history:
TLP → Tolstoy's gospels → Original gospels → Christianity → Religion
And ended with a sarcastic remark about those who dislike admitting this connection.
Up to this point I believe it received 4 downvotes and 3 upvotes
Next I found...
...by a moderator.
Assuming that the sarcastic comment was the offender, I deleted it and flagged it.
Here is my flag comment
I'm not quite sure why my post was deleted.
Yeah there was a sarcastic comment; note that it was not against Christians but against those who get all riled up if Christianity specifically and religion(s) generally are juxtaposed with their favorite figures, in this case Wittgenstein.
In any case Ive removed that last para
I hope that removes whatever is objectionable
When I checked, the flag was marked as "helpful". I've no idea how to interpret that!
I'd like to say that my answer should be restored because it
- Encourages a 15 year old
- Distinguishes form and content
- Highlights an accepted divergence in Wittgenstein community between how far he is a logical positivist and how far he approves mysticism
- Note the divergence is acknowledged in the Wittgenstein tag on this site itself:
Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher, professor in philosophy at the University of Cambridge (1939-1947). He worked in foundations of mathematics and on mathematical logic, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. He played a central, if controversial, role in 20th-century analytic philosophy.