Ludwig Wittgenstein

(1889-1951 / Vienna)

Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. He was professor in philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 1939 until 1947. In his lifetime, he published just one book review, one article, a children's dictionary, and the 75-page Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921). In 1999, his posthumously published Philosophical Investigations (1953) was ranked as the most important book of 20th-century philosophy by the Baruch Poll, standing out as "...the one crossover masterpiece in twentieth-century philosophy, ... more »

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  • ''It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversation, 1949. Ch. 6, published in Personal Recollections, ed. Rush Rhees (1981).
  • ''Man has to awaken to wonder—and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1930 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • ''Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1938 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • ''Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1940 entry, Culture and Value, ed. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • ''There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1948 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
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