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Culture and Value

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,259 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Peter Winch's translation of Wittgenstein's remarks on culture & value presents all entries chronologically, with the German text alongside the English & a subject index for reference.
"It was Wittgenstein's habit to record his thoughts in sequences of more or less closely related 'remarks' which he kept in notebooks throughout his life. The editor of this collecti
Paperback, bilingual, 195 pages
Published May 15th 1984 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1977)
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Matthew W
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wittgenstein was heavily influenced and inspired by Otto Weininger, possibly the greatest Jew (and most honest) to ever come out of Europe. Wittgenstein, also a Jew, also attended the same elementary school as Adolf Hitler. In fact, a photo exists (100% authenticated to be Hitler and almost positively Wittgenstein) where the two a sitting fairly close to one another as grade school students.

Here is a quote from "Culture and Value" that I feel sums up the whole feeling of the book:

"Humor is not
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading Wittgenstein a page at a time in the bathtub is very close to a perfect state of being for me. "Culture and Value" is a great non-title because this is exactly what the book is about. I think what I find astonishing about his writing and thinking is that it's very open-ended. If I have to compare him to someone else, it would be Jean-Luc Godard. At least the quotation part, and of course Godard takes things that are floating out there and puts it together in his own fashion - but Wittgen ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
I really enjoyed reading this book of notes, aphorisms, marginalia, and excerpts. Wittgenstein is often so perceptive, and has a nice way of turning a phrase. But more importantly, Wittgenstein is provocative. The challenge for me that Wittgenstein offers is to think about the mundane in strikingly new ways. I guess that is what makes him such a good philosopher: he can take the familiar and make it alien (in the best way possible).

One of the themes that I found especially interesting in this bo
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Short, lovely aphorisms.
Justinas Rastenis
Very interesting book which reveals a lot about the author himself, his views, opinions and interests. It complements greatly his other books and helps to understand the essence of his philosophy.
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
A philosophical draft of ideas!
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Full of collected thoughts, marginalia, and assorted ponderings, Culture and Values gives a glimpse into how Wittgenstein's mind works, as well as his views on music, Christianity, philosophy, his own work, and of course language. This book gave me a whole new appreciation for what you might call the literary genre of remarks. Wittgenstein's careful brilliance in an open-ended format is richly stimulating. Consider this remark from 1937:

"The horrors of hell can be experienced within a single day
Oct 07, 2008 rated it liked it
A hugely enjoyable collection of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's comments about art, music, language, culture, Jewish life, religion in general, and a number of other topics. These writings were certainly never intended to be published, and one gets the slightly uncomfortable (though pleasurable) impression that Wittgenstein would not want them to be read. It's not in the same league as his more serious woks of philosophy, but it's an excellent way to understand his views on more earthly topic ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Were music to ever not be ridiculous and disposable, we should have to make it so to save us some work in disposing of it.

Reliability remains today so unreliable, as if relying on something is even itself subject to circumstance. "I can rely on him" spits out the word "rely" as something redoubtably foreign as opposed to "I can"'s and "him"'s natural bases in verifiable experience.

If I were Wittgenstein, I would have zombied up out of the ground in 1977, when G.H. von Wright was about to publish
Bob Nichols
Sep 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Reading about Wittgenstein's philosophy (earlier and later) is a struggle. It seems so dry and sterile. In "Culture and Value" Wittgenstein comes alive. This is a collection of his miscellaneous thoughts through the years about music, Shakespeare, philosophy and, especially, thoughts about his own thinking and writing. Here, W. has a texture that, off hand, makes him more interesting as a man than as a philosopher. Yet, it may be both are intimately connected after all. "'Fare well!,'" he simply ...more
John Roberson
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ever wanted to read one of the greatest philosophers of all time in five minute increments? Ever wish that the great thinkers would stop being so obscurantist and speak about stuff that's not quite so abstract? Here's your chance. These are the little bits culled from notebooks and margins that don't fit into "philosophical works," scattered lines about whatever he may have been thinking about at the time. Wittgenstein's opinions on everything from music and architecture to why he was a philosop ...more
Agostinho Paulo
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like always, deceivingly simple and self-evident and yet unintelligible for pages till you resurface at that a-ha moment of blinding and blazing light and understanding. I never know where he is leading to with his open-ended inquiries but I hold-fast coz I always get the feeling that is is onto something. Always rewarding.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Vermischte Bemerkungen = Culture and value: a selection from the posthumous remains, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)
عنوان: فرهنگ و ارزش؛ اثر: لودویگ ویتگنشتاین؛ گردآوری: جی. اچ. فن رایت؛ با همکاری: هایکی نیمان؛ مترجم: امید مهرگان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، گام نو، 1381، در 188 ص، شابک: 9647387202؛ کتابنامه از صفحه 168 تا 173، موضوع: فلسفه، مسائل متفرقه
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
This collection of ruminations offers readers a 'softer' take on Wittgenstein and his very difficult philosophical concepts. I would suggest this 'gateway' book if you want to get deeper into this very unique philosopher.
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
"Architecture exists to ennoble something. Consequently, when there is nothing to ennoble, there can be no architecture." --Wittgenstein

Now, take a look at this:
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Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and superb and above average!
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really connect with Wittgenstein as he portrays himself here. He and I strike me as kindred spirits.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
love me some good aphorisms
Sarah Riehl
Jan 13, 2009 added it
Shelves: phil
everyone should get their aphorism on, on the bus.
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beautiful
This book could also be titled "Wittgenstein's thoughts about stuff". Wittgenstein wrote one book (Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus) during his life, and left behind a lot of unpublished writing, some of it following a few discrete lines of thought, much of which has now been published under a variety of titles. This little volume is a collection of remarks, over the course of about 20 years or so, that didn't really fit anywhere else. Because Wittgenstein's an enjoyable writer and thinker, these ...more
Gonçalo S Neves
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Uma filosofia bastante trivial sobre cultura e valores.
Ludwig W. apresenta-nos sentenças bastante práticas quase como um manual de fuga ao quotidiano.
Um apelo à filosofia de valores.

“Put a man in the wrong atmosphere and nothing will function as it should. He will seem unhealthy in every part. Put him back into his proper element and everything will blossom and look healthy. But if he is not in his right element, what then? Well, then he just has to make the best of appearing before the world a
This book of aphorisms comment upon religion (specifically Christianity), honesty, mathematics, music, Shakespeare--and more, but these are reoccurring topics.

In one of my favorites Wittgenstein speculates upon why he lies to himself when the the difference between being truthful and of lying is equivalent to that of the difference between drinking bitter or sweet coffee. Yet, he lies to himself.

"Culture and Value" is a good place to get a taste of a great mind of the 20th Century.

May 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ludwig Wittgenstein's CULTURE AND VALUE is a wonderful collection of aphoristic remarks on music, religion, philosophy, genius, writing, language, being Jewish, being human, etc., which is selected from the author's notebooks between 1914 and 1951. Of course, such reading makes one pause and think, but at the same time one is deeply moved by Wittgenstein's language. His words are just very potent. I highly recommend this book.
Dec 29, 2010 marked it as to-read
Just purchased (12-28-2010). A collection of "miscellaneous remarks" from Wittgenstein's manuscripts - unpublished in other works. Aphorisms and short remarks in the original German and in English translation. I'm reading the German slowly, trying to absorb and comprehend, then seeing how the English translator renders these Von Wright selections. Something I can pick up and put down, pick up again...
Mohammad Mirzaali
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قطعات و تأمّلاتِ لودویگ ویتگنشتاین دربارهی فلسفه، دین، موسیقی و انسانْ «هولناک»اند. نه این که راویِ چیزهای ترسناکی باشند -که گاهی هم هستند- بلکه بیشتر به سبب اینکه خواننده را متحیّرانه به زانو درمیآورند؛ چهقدر یک انسان میتواند «فیلسوف» باشد و این لفظ را احیا کند؟ چهقدر یک فیلسوف میتواند «پیامبری» کند و از ضمیرِ انسانیْ چنین استوار و دهشتانگیز سخن بگوید؟ ...more
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
Fist book by him I encountered, back in high school. Probably my first exposure to aphorisms, and this knocked me out (tho I've never fully understood or even attempted to deduct his larger philosophical glance). I find him humorous in the way that I find someone like Godard to be funny.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
First thought: Wittgenstein is a great writer. Second thought: dude makes a joke about balls and pockets. Third thought: the effortless banality of "Brahms's overwhelming ability." Fourth thought: why aren't you reading this wonder of fragments and aphorisms yet?
Keith Lane
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Though Philosophical Investigations is Wittgenstein's most important work, this one is more interesting and personally meaningful.
Erik Graff
Jun 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Wittgenstein fans
Recommended to Erik by: Bill Ellos
Shelves: philosophy
Non-technical writings read while acting as the teaching assistant for Dr. William Ellos, a Jesuit philosopher and Wittgenstein specialist, at Loyola University Chicago.
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