What is … questions

The questions:

  • “What is length?”
  • “What is meaning?”
  • “What is the number one?”
  • etc.

produce in us a mental cramp. We feel that we can’t point to anything in reply to them and yet ought to point to something.

  • We are up against one of the great sources of philosophical bewilderment: we try to find a substance for a substantive.