Wittgenstein’s Vienna by Allan Janik, Stephen Toulmin

Wittgenstein’s Vienna by Allan Janik, Stephen Toulmin
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Overview: This is a remarkable book about a man (perhaps the most important and original philosopher of our age), a society (the corrupt Austro-Hungarian Empire on the eve of dissolution), and a city (Vienna, with its fin-de siècle gaiety and corrosive melancholy). The central figure in this study of a crumbling society that gave birth to the modern world is Wittgenstein, the brilliant and gifted young thinker. With others, including Freud, Viktor Adler, and Arnold Schoenberg, he forged his ideas in a classical revolt against the stuffy, doomed, and moralistic lives of the old regime. As a portrait of Wittgenstein, the book is superbly realized; it is even better as a portrait of the age, with dazzling and unusual parallels to our own confused society. “Allan Janik and Stephen Toulmin have acted on a striking premise: an understanding of prewar Vienna, Wittgenstein’s native city, will make it easier to comprehend both his work and our own problems..This is an independent work containing much that is challenging, new, and useful
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Wittgenstein’s Vienna by Allan Janik, Stephen Toulmin

Wittgenstein’s Vienna by Allan Janik, Stephen Toulmin
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Overview: This is a remarkable book about a man (perhaps the most important and original philosopher of our age), a society (the corrupt Austro-Hungarian Empire on the eve of dissolution), and a city (Vienna, with its fin-de siècle gaiety and corrosive melancholy). The central figure in this study of a crumbling society that gave birth to the modern world is Wittgenstein, the brilliant and gifted young thinker. With others, including Freud, Viktor Adler, and Arnold Schoenberg, he forged his ideas in a classical revolt against the stuffy, doomed, and moralistic lives of the old regime. As a portrait of Wittgenstein, the book is superbly realized; it is even better as a portrait of the age, with dazzling and unusual parallels to our own confused society. “Allan Janik and Stephen Toulmin have acted on a striking premise: an understanding of prewar Vienna, Wittgenstein’s native city, will make it easier to comprehend both his work and our own problems..This is an independent work containing much that is challenging, new, and useful
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Ludwig Wittgenstein by Miles Hollingworth

Ludwig Wittgenstein by Miles Hollingworth
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Overview: After his intellectual biography, Saint Augustine of Hippo, Miles Hollingworth now turns his attention to one of Augustine’s greatest modern admirers: The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein’s influence on post-war philosophical investigation has been pervasive, while his eccentric life has entered folklore. Yet his religious mysticism has remained elusive and undisturbed.

In Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hollingworth continues to pioneer a new kind of biographical writing. It stands at the intersection of philosophy, theology and literary criticism, and is as much concerned with the secret agendas of life writing as it is with its Subjects. Here, Wittgenstein is allowed to become the ultimate test case. From first to last, his philosophy sought to demonstrate that intellectual certainty is a function of the method it employs, rather than a knowledge of the existence or non-existence of its objects–a devastating insight that appears to make the natural and the supernatural into equally useless examples of each other. This biography proceeds in the same way. Scattered in every direction by this challenge to meaning, it attempts to retrieve itself around the spirit of the man who could say such things. This act of recovery thus performs what could not otherwise be explained, which is something like Wittgenstein’s private conversation with God.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Questions on Wittgenstein by Rudolf Haller

Questions on Wittgenstein (Routledge Revivals) by Rudolf Haller
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Overview: Wittgenstein, possibly the most influential philosopher of the twentieth century, is often labelled a Neopositivist, a New-Kantian, even a Sceptic. Questions on Wittgenstein, first published in 1988, presents a selection of nine essays investigating a matter of vital philosophical importance: Wittgenstein’s relationship to his Austrian predecessors and peers. The intention throughout is to determine the precise contours of Wittgenstein’s own thought by situating it within its formative context.

Although it remains of particular interest to Anglo-Saxon philosophers, special familiarity with Austrian philosophy is required to appreciate the subtle and profound influence which this cultural and philosophical setting had on Wittgenstein’s intellectual development. Professor Haller has spent his career exploring these themes, and is one of the foremost authorities on both Wittgenstein and contemporary Austrian philosophy.
Questions on Wittgenstein thus offers a unique insight into the twentieth-century tradition of Austrian philosophy, and its importance for Wittgenstein’s thought.
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Wittgenstein at the Movies by Bela Szabados+

Wittgenstein at the Movies: Cinematic Investigations by Bela Szabados and Christina Stojanova
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Overview: Ludwig Wittgenstein loved movies, and based on his remarks on watching them, there is a strong connection between his experience of watching films and his thoughts on aesthetics. Furthermore, however, Wittgenstein himself has been invoked in recent cinema. Wittgenstein at the Movies is centered on in-depth explorations of two intriguing experimental films on Wittgenstein: Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein and Péter Forgács’ Wittgenstein Tractatus. The featured essays look at cinematic interpretations of Wittgenstein’s life and philosophy in a manner bound to provoke the lively interest of Wittgenstein scholars, film theorists, and students of film aesthetics. As well, the book engages a broader audience concerned with philosophical issues about film and Wittgenstein’s cultural significance, with the world of fin-de-siècle Vienna, of Cambridge in the first half of the twentieth century, of artistic modernism.
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How To Read Wittgenstein

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Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
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Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Wittgenstein in just one hour. Ludwig Wittgenstein saw himself as ‘the last philosopher’. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished. A superb logician, Wittgenstein distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to the purest form of logic. Everything else – metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself – was excluded. He famously stated, ‘of that which we cannot speak we must remain silent’, thus eliminating all concepts which do not arise from experience or are amenable to logical thought Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour is an audiobook showcasing an expert account of Wittgenstein’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and above all easy to listen to. Also included are selections from his work, suggested further reading and chronologies that place Wittgenstein in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
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Wittgenstein on Logic as Method of Philosophy by Oskari Kuusela

Wittgenstein on Logic as the Method of Philosophy: Re-examining the Roots and Development of Analytic Philosophy by Oskari Kuusela
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Overview: In Wittgenstein on Logic as the Method of Philosophy, Oskari Kuusela examines Wittgenstein’s early and late philosophies of logic, situating their philosophical significance in early and middle analytic philosophy with particular reference to Frege, Russell, Carnap, and Strawson. He argues that not only the early but also the later Wittgenstein sought to further develop the logical-philosophical approaches of his contemporaries. Throughout his career Wittgenstein’s aim was to resolve problems with and address the limitations of Frege’s and Russell’s accounts of logic and their logical methodologies so as to achieve the philosophical progress that originally motivated the logical-philosophical approach. By re-examining the roots and development of analytic philosophy, Kuusela seeks to open up covered up paths for the further development of analytic philosophy. Offering a novel interpretation of the philosopher, he explains how Wittgenstein extends logical methodology beyond calculus-based logical methods and how his novel account of the status of logic enables one to do justice to the complexity and richness of language use and thought while retaining rigour and ideals of logic such as simplicity and exactness. In addition, this volume outlines the new kind of non-empiricist naturalism developed in Wittgenstein’s later work and explaining how his account of logic can be used to dissolve the long-standing methodological dispute between the ideal and ordinary language schools of analytic philosophy. It is of interest to scholars, researchers, and advance students of philosophy interested in engaging with a number of scholarly debates.
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Wittgenstein’s Ethics and Modern Warfare

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Wittgenstein’s Ethics and Modern Warfare by Nil Santiáñez

Wittgenstein’s Ethics and Modern Warfare by Nil Santiáñez
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Overview: This original and insightful book establishes a reciprocal relationship between Ludwig Wittgenstein’s notion of ethics and the experience of war. It puts forth an interpretation of Wittgenstein’s early moral philosophy that relates it to the philosopher’s own war experience and applies Wittgenstein’s ethics of silence to analyze the ethical dimension of literary and artistic representations of the Great War.

In a compelling book-length essay, the author contends that the emphasis on “unsayability” in Wittgenstein’s concept of ethics is a valuable tool for studying the ethical silences embedded in key cultural works reflecting on the Great War produced by Mary Borden, Ellen N. La Motte, Georges Duhamel, Leonhard Frank, Ernst Friedrich, and Joe Sacco. Exploring their works through the lens of Wittgenstein’s moral philosophy, this book pays particular attention to their suggestion of an ethics of war and peace by indirect means, such as prose poetry, spatial form, collage, symbolism, and expressionism.

This cultural study reveals new connections between Wittgenstein’s philosophy, his experience during the First World War, and the cultural artifacts produced in its aftermath. By intertwining ethical reflection and textual analysis, Wittgenstein’s Ethics and Modern Warfare aspires to place Wittgenstein’s moral philosophy at the centre of discussions on war, literature, and the arts.
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Insight and Illusion: Themes in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein

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Marx and Wittgenstein by D. Rubinstein +

Marx and Wittgenstein: Social Praxis and Social Explanation by D. Rubinstein
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Overview: This book has two primary objectives. The first is to show that there are substantial parallels between the work of Marx and Wittgenstein, and the second is to apply a synthesis of these two thinkers to a variety of philosophical and theoretical disputes over the character of the social sciences. Neither of these is a modest goal. The first has never, to my knowledge, been attempted, and is complicated by the confusing and often opaque nature of both Marx’s and Wittgenstein’s work. It is difficult to say much about either without offending someone’s interpretation, and to speak of both together surely invites trouble.
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Questions on Wittgenstein by Rudolf Haller

Questions on Wittgenstein (Routledge Revivals) by Rudolf Haller
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Overview: Wittgenstein, probably essentially the most influential thinker of the 20 th century, is commonly labelled a Neopositivist, a New-Kantian, even a Sceptic. Questions on Wittgenstein, first printed in 1988, presents a collection of 9 essays investigating a matter of significant philosophical significance: Wittgenstein’s relationship to his Austrian predecessors and friends. The intention all through is to find out the exact contours of Wittgenstein’s personal thought by situating it inside its formative context.

Though it stays of specific curiosity to Anglo-Saxon philosophers, particular familiarity with Austrian philosophy is required to understand the delicate and profound affect which this cultural and philosophical setting had on Wittgenstein’s mental growth. Professor Haller has spent his profession exploring these themes, and is likely one of the foremost authorities on each Wittgenstein and modern Austrian philosophy.
Questions on Wittgenstein thus provides a novel perception into the twentieth-century custom of Austrian philosophy, and its significance for Wittgenstein’s thought.
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Wittgenstein’s Philosophy by Duncan Richter

Historic Dictionary of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy, 2nd Version (Historic Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Actions) by Duncan Richter
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Overview: Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was undoubtedly probably the most necessary philosophers of the 20th century, and maybe of any century. He was additionally a captivating, charismatic, and worsening man. His philosophical means was acknowledged nearly instantly by Bertrand Russell, and through his lifetime his work influenced first logical positivism after which unusual language philosophy. Since then it has additionally change into central in post-analytical philosophical thought. Past the world of educational philosophy it has impressed playwrights, poets, novelists, architects, filmmakers, and biographers.
The A to Z of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy is meant for anybody who desires to know extra concerning the philosophy and the lifetime of this enigmatic thinker. The ebook comprises an introductory overview of his life and work, a timeline of the foremost related occasions in and after his life, an in depth bibliography, and, above all, an A-Z of concepts, folks, and locations which have been concerned in his philosophy and its reception. The dictionary is written with no specific agenda and consists of entries on philosophers (and others) who influenced Wittgenstein, these he influenced in flip, and a number of the principal figures in modern Wittgenstein scholarship. Ideas for additional studying are additionally included, in addition to a information to the literature on Wittgenstein and a bibliography damaged down by topic space.
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