Why are there rules for some?
Explain using examples from the Brief Gospel.
The decisive moment in the conjuring trick has been made, and it was the very one that seemed to us quite innocent.
What is your aim in philosophy?
To show the fly the way out of the bottle
or to help the butterfly flutter free from the pane?
To become clear about the meaning of the word ‘think’ do we have to watch ourselves thinking?
What makes this note the epitome of this thought?
Can one think without speaking?
Is thinking a kind of speaking?
Imagine people who could only think aloud.
then the body
If a lion spoke would we understand what the lion said?
Do you have the thought before finding the expression?
The thinking is in the doing.
the dogs of Marrakesh sing
no-one can hear them
What sometimes happens might always happen.
God sees – but we don’t know.
a message is raining
claiming the unfinished
Regard the words ‘to think’ as an instrument.
Play St Anthony’s Variations.
The chair is thinking to itself. What is it thinking? Don’t ask; a refusal may offend.
I entered the world
I leave it
my going –
two simple happenings
Kozan Ichikyo 1360
is the right day
cloud of mist
we lack the words
so why don’t we invent them
why are some things
have we lost
the look of words?
do the outer limits
match the outer limits
of our understanding
because we do not understand
where is ‘our understanding’?
what is the purpose of the sky?
As If I Could Read the Darkness – a play in three acts.
a fragment of silence
a theory of secrets
— at night
Regard the language game as the primary thing. And regard the feelings, and so forth, as a way of looking at, interpreting the language game.
As a man can travel alone, yet be accompanied by my good wishes;
or as a room can be empty yet flooded with light.
No wonder one finds it difficult to know one’s way about.
Imagine a conversation between Beckett and Wittgenstein. Annotate.
Can’t go on as the shine fades; can’t not go on.
that is not the exact thing
If you and I are to live religious lives
it mustn’t be that we talk a lot about religion
but that our manner of life is different.
philosophers tidy up a room
scientists build a house
when the mechanicals take over
time for solitude
keep a distance
Everything is what it is and not another thing.
Goethe said: in the beginning was the deed.
connection between a word
and its meaning
not in theory
but in doing
in the use
of the word
practise in the dharma hall
alchemy of the tractatus
Tautology and contradiction are without sense.
Is mathematics truth or a series of techniques?
all done with numbers
he says counting the leaves
Are ethics and aesthetics one?
Discuss citing Paul Valery.
Is death an event of life? Consider.
Is death lived through?
live in the present
Does the solution to the riddle of life in space and time lie outside space and time? Take a voyage to the outer reaches of the solar system and think.
In King Lear the Earl of Kent says ‘I’ll teach you differences’. Consider given Wittgenstein’s problem with Shakespeare’s heart.
What does the sentence ‘I am afraid’ mean?
Does God reveal himself (sic) in the world?
not how the world is
is the mystical
but that it is
feeling the world
as a limited whole
is the mystical
- the mystical
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
On the other hand I will have to wait,
because nothing is still very clear.
Do not ask; give.
Is a doubt without an end a doubt?
Discuss with reference to Spinoza’s Ethics.
The darkness of this time paid for by frivolous pride cheaply wrapped in cellophane isolated from God.
Wisdom is cold and to that extent stupid.
Faith on the other hand is passion.
What marvellous light!
How many deaths does it take to die?
Never lose the facts of the world.
A good life, he said, at last.
Colin Campbell Robinson is an Australian artist living on the Isle of Bute off the west coast of Scotland. Colin's work appears in a wide range of journals most recently in Glasgow Review of Books, A Bad Penny Review, Creative Literary Studio, Shearsman, BlazeVox17 and Ink Sweat and Tears. His book, Blue Solitude - a self-portrait in six scenarios, has recently been published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press. For further information about Colin visit