'inclined to say'

There are many places in the Philosophical Investigations where Wittgenstein writes "I am inclined to say..."

We feel we understand this. We are inclined to say we understand this.

This is almost a cliché. It puts a distance and an air of tentativeness between the speaker and the words, as though they may not be the final words. And it reduces the speaker of complete responsibility. It is a form of thoughtful and self-effacing politeness.

What is am inclined to say may not be the most perfect answer, but it is the best answer I am capable of at this time.

At some time in the past, this may well have been a poetic metaphor, as a ball on an inclined plane will roll a certain way and not others.

But how does this apply to speech?

In this contextual incline, or in my incline in this context, these words want roll out of my mouth?

Is everything we say what we are inclined to say? Yes, and of course, no. I am not "inclined to say" there are a lot of chairs in this room, because there are a lot of chairs in this room. But I am "inclined to say" things in places where there is no obviously correct answer and the best we can do is tentative, partial or poetic.

Philosophy is full of things people are inclined to say.

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