It is precisely by binding things together that traditional visions perpetuate themselves and the prejudgments contained within them; and it is by insisting on prising things apart that we have liberated ourselves from them
It is nationalism which engenders nations, and not the other way round.
People are even more reluctant to admit that man explains nothing, than they were to admit that God explains nothing.
Dr J. O. Wisdom once observed to me that he knew people who thought there was no philosophy after Hegel, and others who thought there was none before Wittgenstein; and he saw no reason for excluding the possibility that both were right.
nowledge which... transcends the bounds, the prejudices and prejudgements of any one society and culture is not an illusion but, on the contrary, a glorious and luminous reality. Just how it was achieved remains subject to debate.
Civil Society is a cluster of institutions and associations strong enough to prevent tyranny, but which are, none the less, entered and left freely, rather than imposed by birth or sustained by awesome ritual. You can join the Labour Party without slaughtering a sheep...
This is indeed one of the most important general traits of a modern society: cultural homogeneity, the capacity for context-free communication, the standardization of expression and comprehension.
A cleric who loses his faith abandons his calling; a philosopher who loses his redefines his subject.
Philosophy is explicitness, generality, orientation and assessment. That which one would insinuate, thereof one must speak.
The production of obscurity in Paris compares to the production of motor cars in Detroit in the great period of American industry.
The idea that some of the members of the smooth, bland variety of second generation of linguistic philosophers undergo perplexity, let alone intellectual cramp, has an element of high comedy.
Just as every girl should have a husband, preferably her own, so every culture must have its state, preferably its own.