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Lichtenberg's “Opinions-System”(<i>Meinungen-System</i>)

Kirk Wetters

in The Opinion System

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229888
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229888.003.0009
Lichtenberg's “Opinions-System”(Meinungen-System)

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This chapter explores the conception of opinion presented in the previous chapter as it is placed into practice in the fragments and aphorisms of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, who shows that every opinion that is “held” is a merely represented opinion. It starts by explaining opinion fragments, and how this affects an “opinion system”, and the exercise of thought. It reveals that the exercise of thought is marginalized to literary forms, which are often directed at a far future, and not exclusively concerned with the political realities and decisions of the present.

Keywords: opinion system; thought; Georg Christoph Lichtenberg; opinion fragments; political realities

Chapter.  20795 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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