Ethics and æsthetics are one.
 Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921). copy citation

Author Ludwig Wittgenstein
Source Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Topic ethics aesthetics
Date 1921
Language English
Note Translated by C. K. Ogden


“Hence also there can be no ethical propositions.
Propositions cannot express anything higher.
6.421 OGD [→GER | →P/M] It is clear that ethics cannot be expressed.
Ethics is transcendental.
(Ethics and æsthetics are one.)
6.422 OGD [→GER | →P/M] The first thought in setting up an ethical law of the form «thou shalt …» is: And what if I do not do it? But it is clear that ethics has nothing to do with punishment and reward in the ordinary sense.” source

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