|6.1 The propositions of logic are tautologies.|
|Lonely, anxious, obsessive, Wittgenstein's method is increasingly the method of finding peace, peace from philosophy: "The clarity we are aiming at is indeed complete clarity. But this simply means that the philosophical problems should completely disappear. The real discovery is the one that makes me capable of stopping doing philosophy when I want to."
He believes this requires ruthless honesty. LW: "Lying to oneself about oneself, deceiving yourself about the pretense in your own state of will, must have a harmful effect one's style; for the result will be that you cannot tell what is genuine in the style from what is false." Ray Monk: "For Wittgenstein, all philosophy, in so far as it is pursued honestly and decently, begins with a confession."
So Wittgenstein prepares a personal accounting, writes letters to G.E. Moore, Engelmann, Francis Skinner, his family, others, asking to meet with them during Christmas 1937 to make confession of his weakness. That he had feigned sorrow. Had been fearful during war. Had sexual intercourse as a youth. Had denied his Jewish ancestry. Had struck schoolchildren, had lied during an official inquest.
Not everyone finds this interview congenial. Fania Pascal: "What is it? You want to be perfect?" Ludwig: "Of course I want to be perfect!"