The Essential Wittgenstein

Virgin Books (2002)
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Wittgenstein lived a life or tortured genius - spending periods in extreme isolation in a hut in Norway and a cottage on the Atlantic coast of Ireland - but he claimed to have 'solved' the problem of philosophy once and for all. Surprisingly, he then went on to create a second philosophy. His compelling character was matched by the pellucid profundity of his philosophical remarks. These witty and informative guides cover the lives and ideas of the major philosophers. Award-winning author Paul Strathern's concise and easily comprehensible style highlights the major advances in philosophy, as well as the men who conceived them and the times in which they lived. Packed with striking quotes, insights and anecdotes, the aim of the Virgin Philosophers Series is to clarify the mysteries of philosophy for the general reader.

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