Friday, December 09, 2005

Mr. T and the Miniature Tractatus

Mr. T is holding a copy of the Tractatus, miniature edition (modified Mr. T bookmark by Wyeth).

A few years ago (maybe 4 or 5 years ago), Zed began to seriously abuse his free CTY copying by reducing works of philosophy to tiny sizes. I still have a miniature copy of McDowell's review of Bernard Williams's Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy. Zed made a whole miniature Tractatus. I believe that when he was writing his preliminary essay, he went to Tanzania with a "library" of his miniature editions.

I think I remember him being inspired to do this by getting a little copy of the US Constitution with a list of all the proposed amendments in the back. Some of the amendments that were proposed but not ratified included a proposal to rename the U.S. the "United States of the World". Another amendment proposed that in order for the U.S. to go to war, there had to be a popular vote. Anyone voting for war would be immediately drafted.

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