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Wittgenstein's Vienna (1973)

by Allan Janik, Stephen Toulmin, Stephen Toulmin

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A documentation of Wittgenstein's life in Vienna: the places where he, his family and those with whom he was in contact lived, worked and entertained themselves. The book will enrich the Viennese experience for cultural tourists, providing as it does walks in the city and its environs. The authors are equally authorities on Wittgenstein's philosophy, especially in relation to Viennese culture, especially the coffee house in the cabaret scene. XXXXXXX Neuer Text Written by authorities on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, this book brings together eighty cultural points of interest and places of biographical significance in relation to Wittgenstein. The book can be read at several levels: as a guide to his life and times; as a companion to Viennas architectural landscape and social spaces; or as a guide that presents facts about Viennas history and its atmosphere during Wittgensteins time. This biographical excursion will shed light on the citys remarkable cultural landscape and its influences on Wittgensteins philosophy.… (more)
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Set in the hot bed of ideas at the end of the nineteenth century this book covers the man at the center of philosophic discussions, Ludwig Wittgenstein. But more than that this is a work of cultural history defining the meaning of the changes abounding from the preoccupations of a society undergoing profound changes.
The arc of the books narrative takes the reader from Habsburg Vienna during the last days of empire through changes to language, culture, and philosophy. Leavened by references to art, music, and literature the book attempts to make a case for the intelligibility of these changes.
One reads about the impact of the thought of Sigmund Freud; the music of Arnold Schonberg; and the art of Klimt, Kokoschka, and others. If you are interested in the roots of Robert Musil's early work or the impact of the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer you should read this book. It is a seminal work in the history of ideas. ( )
1 vote jwhenderson | Mar 15, 2022 |
Not really a review, but this book proved to me that I have two degrees of separation from Wittgenstein and three from Adolf Hitler! I used to work for a man called Matthew Toulmin, who was co-author Professor Stephen Toulmin's son; and Professor Toulmin worked with Wittgenstein when he went to America after the war! (And as there is evidence that Wittgenstein attended the same school as Hitler, that's where I get that connection...)
1 vote | RobertDay | Sep 7, 2008 |
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Preface:  Ludwig Wittgenstein is best known for his two major philosophical books, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, published just after World War I, and the Philosophical Investigations, on which he was still working at the time of his death in 1951.
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A documentation of Wittgenstein's life in Vienna: the places where he, his family and those with whom he was in contact lived, worked and entertained themselves. The book will enrich the Viennese experience for cultural tourists, providing as it does walks in the city and its environs. The authors are equally authorities on Wittgenstein's philosophy, especially in relation to Viennese culture, especially the coffee house in the cabaret scene. XXXXXXX Neuer Text Written by authorities on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, this book brings together eighty cultural points of interest and places of biographical significance in relation to Wittgenstein. The book can be read at several levels: as a guide to his life and times; as a companion to Viennas architectural landscape and social spaces; or as a guide that presents facts about Viennas history and its atmosphere during Wittgensteins time. This biographical excursion will shed light on the citys remarkable cultural landscape and its influences on Wittgensteins philosophy.

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