Friday, May 29, 2015

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Scott our Philosopher course leader  at City Lit admits to being wary of being a teacher of the  history of Philosophers rather than one of  Philosophy but  described by one of the class this week as something of  a rock-star Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is I think worthy of a bit of biographical information.

Ludwig was the of children and famously went to the same school as Adolf Hitler, there's even a theory that a school spat was partly to influence Hitler's Anti Semitism  (Wittgenstein was three-quarters Jewish although he was raised as a Catholic) .
School for thought?

The family as well as being spectacularly rich was a large on with Ludwig the last of nine children - the family though seemed to be driven towards perfection and three of his brothers committed suicide.

Ludwig too battled depression (teaching at Schools was one method he used to battle this) and in a tragically short life (he died at only 61 of Cancer) achieved much.

He was unconventional and  on receipt of a large inheritance he gave much of the money to artists and other members of his own family.

It is a point of view that Philosophy since Ancients Greece is merely revisiting the work of the masters but the Linguistic turn (Early period Wittgenstein)   and Ordinary Language Philosophy with which Wittgenstein (later period)  is most associated with is I think significant (for me anyway), it asks questions that might help us ponder something more  of ourselves:

What differentiates man from other living creatures apart from language?

How limited are we with our thoughts until we master the words to use in assembling these ideas?

Is there an inherent language within us?

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