Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern

Wittgenstein was brilliant, astoundingly arrogant, completely focused on logic, denied the validity of experience and/or metaphysics and most likely suffered from at least one psychological disorder. Apparently, Wittgenstein would work without a break all day and then spend all evening in a hot bath contemplating suicide.

Believing in Logic above all else, he tried to use that to show that things must conform to logic or that they couldn’t really be discussed; and also that because even his reasoning is flawed, philosophy is also flawed, so why bother.

I quite disagree with most of Wittgenstein's beliefs, but this work was useful because I now know that and interesting because I learned of the impact his beliefs.


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