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Wittgenstein does not, however, relegate all that is not inside thebounds of sense to oblivion. He makes a distinction betweensaying and showing which is made to do additionalcrucial work. “What can be shown cannot be said,” that is,what cannot be formulated in sayable (sensical) propositions can onlybe shown. This applies, for example, to the logical form of the world,the pictorial form, etc., which show themselves in the form of(contingent) propositions, in the symbolism, and in logicalpropositions. Even the unsayable (metaphysical, ethical, aesthetic)propositions of philosophy belong in this group—whichWittgenstein finally describes as “things that cannot be putinto words. They make themselves manifest. They are what ismystical” (TLP 6.522).

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