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It's a bit like reading a British biography of Napoleon...

But, the thing is, philosophy deserves what it's got coming to it, not unlike Napoleon....

So the book, eh, mediocre.

But I suppose it does succeed in being mediocre, even though the author is a peevish nobody who breaks out into a cold (and angry) sweat every time he realizes that Wittgenstein might be trying to wreck his tenure, here.

But, for a philosopher, I suppose that mediocrity has to be considered a certain degree of success.

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"If we accept Wittgenstein's word for it," Paul Strathern writes, "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. They were all wrong, he argued. "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 reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Wittgenstein within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.… (more)

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