John E. Branch Jr.'s Reviews > Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers

Wittgenstein's Poker by David Edmonds
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Jan 06, 12

bookshelves: philosophy, cultural-history
Read from February 28 to March 01, 2009 — I own a copy, read count: 1

A short review I wrote for the Visual Bookshelf app on Facebook has now vanished with that app, and I hadn't saved the original text to my computer. Without trying to construct a new review some three years later, I can say this: The book is an enjoyable survey of a clash between two philosophical positions, which came to a head in a brief physical way one day at Cambridge. It won't be very rewarding for those who already have a good knowledge of Russell, Wittgenstein, Popper, and the like (as some carping reviews here make clear), but since I'm just barely acquainted with all of them, the careful explication of all the background to the dispute were just the thing.
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