Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes

By Paul Strathern
Read by Robert Whitfield

The Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series

1.27 Hours 10/01/2003 unabridged
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If we accept Wittgenstein’s word for it, he is the last philosopher. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished. Ludwig Wittgenstein was a superb logician who distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to logic. All else—metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself—was excluded. “What we cannot speak about,” he declared, “we must pass over in silence.” In Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Wittgenstein’s life and ideas and explains their influence on man’s struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Wittgenstein’s work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Wittgenstein within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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If we accept Wittgenstein’s word for it, he is the last philosopher. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished.

Ludwig Wittgenstein was a superb logician who distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to logic. All else—metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself—was excluded. “What we cannot speak about,” he declared, “we must pass over in silence.”

In Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Wittgenstein’s life and ideas and explains their influence on man’s struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Wittgenstein’s work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Wittgenstein within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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Author Bio: Paul Strathern

Paul Strathern earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. The author of many nonfiction books and of articles for numerous publications, he has also written several novels and has won the Somerset Maugham Prize. He lives and writes in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 1.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English