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Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)
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Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-British who worked primarily in , the , the , and the . From 1939 till 1947 Wittgenstein taught at the University of Cambridge. All he published in his lifetime was one book review, one article, a children’s dictionary, and the 75-page Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921). In 1999, Baruch Poll rated his posthumously published Philosophical Investigations (1953) as the most important book of the 20th-century philosophy, standing out as “. …the one crossover masterpiece … appealing across diverse specializations and philosophical orientations”. Philosopher Bertrand Russell described him as “the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived; passionate, profound, intense, and dominating”.

Born in Vienna into one of Europe’s wealthiest families, he gave away his entire inheritance. Three of his brothers committed suicide, with Wittgenstein contemplating it too. He left academia several times: serving as an officer on the frontline during World War I, where he was decorated a number of times for his courage; teaching in schools in remote Austrian villages, where he encountered controversy for hitting children when they made mistakes in mathematics; and working during World War II as a hospital porter in London, where he told patients not to take the drugs they were prescribed, and where no-one knew he was one of the world’s most famous philosophers. He described philosophy, however, as “the only work that gives me real satisfaction.”

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  • goodcoolman69

    karl popper should have beat the shit out of him

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
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  • IMaruku

    Moments of my life have been filled with wonder and happiness directly because of Wittgenstein. In fact, moments have been painful and excruciating because of what I've read, heard or thought of due to his influence. If only because of that, a few words of thanks are owed to this great thinker.

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
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