Ray Monk


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Ray Monk is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton, where he has taught since 1992.

He won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the 1991 Duff Cooper Prize for Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. His interests lie in the philosophy of mathematics, the history of analytic philosophy, and philosophical aspects of biographical writing. He is currently working on a biography of Robert Oppenheimer. (Source: Wikipedia)
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“To do the job which you’ve got really well; so well that you don’t lose your self-respect doing it’:”
Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

“Wittgenstein dislikes all ornamentation that is not part of the construction, and never find anything simple enough.”
Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

“But how did you become devoted to the King who had done all this?’ Sudarshana asks. When did this change of feeling take place? ‘I couldn’t tell you’, comes the reply: I don’t know myself. A day came when all the rebel in me knew itself beaten, and then my whole nature bowed down in humble resignation in the dust. And then I saw … I saw that he was as incomparable in beauty as he was in terror. I was saved, I was rescued.”
Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

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