Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes)
In Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Wittgenstein's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Wittgenstein's work; a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Wittgenstein wi...more
Strathern's little book presents a complex subject with deceptive simplicity. He not only provides the reader with the essential elements of Wittgenstein's "final solution" to philosophy, but tells us many illuminating things about the life of this eccentric, unhappy, scrupulous, driven genius.
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The world is everything that is the case
If I were to take the advice, what am I saying- the imperative of Wittgenstein:
- „What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence”
I would keep silent.
But here’s the deal: you need to imagine what I do not say, as way more important that what I say. I am limited in what I can express generally, but in what has to do with Wittgenstein it will be way more of a challenge.
He was the philosopher who would end ...more
The book's coverage of Wittgenstein's philosophy seems limited though: Strathern describes the Tractatus as an excellent work of philosophy and provides an adequate précis. For Philosophical Investigations, we get the brief remark that language is like a fishing net followed by the conclusion that it's all a load of boring lingu ...more
Strathern mentions, it seems, in every section that Wittgenstein wanted to kill himself not only frequently but with a deep, burning desire. We get it. The man was tortured; such is the nature of philosophers. I think of Wittgenstein on the fence between philosophers and linguists, as for me he has come into play most often in the importance of ...more
I was curious to learn of his relationship with philosopher Bertrand Russell as some how I missed the two were friends and exchanged ideas often. Wittgens ...more
Don't be misled by the title. This is not a serious introduction to Wittgenstein. It is rather an entertainment, an entertainment that will probably be more enjoyed by someone who knows something about Wittgenstein than by someone who knows nothing ...more
I read this one tonight. I digested it in just about the right amount of time. I learned a bit about the subject.
More importantly, the author comes across as though he strongly dislikes Ludwig throughout the book. This caused me to strongly dislike the book, and not because I am fond of Wittgenstein (I know next to nothing about him and his role in philosophy, which is why I'm reading it). I am inclined to wan ...more
I suppose my biggest gripe is that it really is written for the layman, but I don't know what I was expecting.
From it, I gather that he must have had the heart of a barnacle and the conscience of piranha. Why he would sacrifice personal relationships (Pinsent, Russell, et al.) yet serve a failed nation-state with utmost loyalty (the Austro-Hungarian Empire) shows a person today we would ...more
Besides five novels, he has also written nume ...more