‘The Bewitchment Of Our Intelligence’


In the beginning was the Word’. The World begins in Vac [Sanskrit]; Vox [Latin; Voice].

As Ludwig Wittgenstein summarily put it: ‘Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.‘ The limits of my Language are the limits of my World.

‘Philosophy’ he declared ‘is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by language.’


It can take a lifetime of observation to appreciate how much of our World is based on Language.

It fits us like a snug set of contact lenses. We view the World through them.

And we don’t remember that we have them on until something hits us in the eye.