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Speaking of how to (not) do philosophical theory, Wittgenstein remarks:

“We cannot lay down a rule for the application of another rule… Things must connect directly, without a rope, i.e. they must already stand in a connection with one another, like the links of a chain… Here seeing matters essentially : as long as you do not see the new system, you have not got it.”

Monk comments:

“The connection between a word and its meaning is to be found, not in a theory, but in a practice, in the use of the word. And the direct connection between a rule and its application, between the word and the deed, cannot be elucidated with another rule; it must be seen.”

As Goethe hath said, “In the Beginning was the Deed.”

Want to know whether or not God exists? Pray.

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