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Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction
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Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction A.C. Grayling Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889 1951 was an extraordinarily original thinker, whose influence on twentieth century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone In this engaging Introduction, A.C Grayling makes Wittgenstein s thought accessible to the general reader by explaining the nature and impact of Wittgenstein s views He describes both his early and later philosLudwig Wittgenstein 1889 1951 was an extraordinarily original thinker, whose influence on twentieth century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone In this engaging Introduction, A.C Grayling makes Wittgenstein s thought accessible to the general reader by explaining the nature and impact of Wittgenstein s views He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein s continuing influence on contemporary thought.. Wittgenstein A Very Short Introduction Ludwig Wittgenstein was an extraordinarily original thinker whose influence on twentieth century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone In this engaging Introduction A C Grayl
  • Title: Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: A.C. Grayling
  • ISBN: 9780192854117
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Foad says:

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    2. Mikael Lind says:

      Never mind the fact that Grayling s critique of Wittgenstein sometimes is misleading this is a good little book that you should read before you move on to heavier works If you want to read about Wittgenstein before you read and work your way through his own books, I also recommend the works of Baker and Hacker, and McGinn s Wittgenstein on meaning Kripke is controversial, and in my opinion, a bit off track.

    3. Grasped in Thought says:

      Grayling wrote a rather even handed treatment of Wittgenstein s early and late philosophy although it s rather obvious that Grayling downplays Wittgenstein s influence on contemporary philosophy,and disagrees with most if not all of Wittgenstein s late philosophy Regardless of his disagreement, Grayling obviously understands Wittgenstein s philosophy, and is able to present his ideas in an economic manner His abilities as an educator show in his attempt to introduce the reader to basic logic pri [...]

    4. Joseph Sverker says:

      It is really quite fascinating, I have been rather interested in Wittgenstein for quite som time, but haven t actually read anything by him I think I have been daunted by his style, and have also not quite found the time However, Grayling manages to make me feel like maybe I shouldn t really bother to read him This should, I think be one of this A Very Short and Critical type of introductions Wittgenstein, in Grayling s view, was certainly not one of the great philosophers of the 20th century, n [...]

    5. Michaël says:

      Good introduction and helps clear out misunderstandings However, I think the author is mistaken on the impact Wittgenstein s Tractatus had on logical positivism as a whole He severely downplays its influence on the movement, to the point of reducing the work to a mere historical curiosity His reasoning is that the ideas of the Vienna Circle drastically differed from Wittgenstein s own views, particularly in the areas of ethics and religion Is this what influence means to Grayling By that standar [...]

    6. Safat says:

      Wittgenstein is considered by many the most profound philosopher in the 20th century Which is ironic, because Wittgenstein thought most of what is called philosophy is pure garbage and originates from our misunderstanding of how language works He thought if we understood language properly, the problems of philosophy would dissolve , instead of being resolved Wittgenstein was a classic mysterious philosopher character Born in a very wealthy family in Austria, he lost his appetite for wealth after [...]

    7. Roy Lotz says:

      Wittgenstein was certainly a character He strikes me as something of an intellectual masochist He hated most philosophy his goal was to investigate language, in order to end philosophy he was happy when his students gave up philosophy yet he is one of the previous century s most famous philosophers This is one of the things that makes reading the Tractatus so odd he is writing anti philosophy philosophy.On a smaller scale, this same oddness is replicated in Grayling s book Grayling is writing an [...]

    8. Duygu says:

      Kitap orijinalinde bir giri kitab introduction olarak ge se de tam olarak bir giri kitab n n gereklerini yerine getirememi D n r n ser venindeki temel mevzular a mak ve belki etkilerini tart mak yerine yazar n se ti i baz konulara fokuslan p zellikle de ikinci k s mda bol bol yazar n sesini duyuyoruz, Grayling K saca Benim Wittgenstein m dese kitab n ad na, daha makul olurmu.Erken d nem Wittgenstein iyi toparlasa da ge d nem Wittgenstein k sm nda Grayling in Wittgenstein a bir hayli k l olan ses [...]

    9. Kathleen says:

      great intro to or refresher on, if it s been a while wittgenstein esp useful if you don t want to have to slog your way through the tractatus, since he ultimately rejects the position he takes in that book there s no substitute for reading the investigations however, this intro could be a useful guide for someone reading the investigations for the first time outside of a classroom setting.

    10. Varad says:

      If the book were any longer it would have to be considered merely short and not very short It tops out at 135 pages, near the longer end of the spectrum for the Very Short Introduction Series But those 135 pages offer about as good an introduction to Wittgenstein as one could hope for without venturing onto philosophically complex terrain The book has four chapters The first sketches Wittgenstein s frankly unusual life The second covers his early philosophy as propounded in the Tractatus Logico [...]

    11. Daniel Chaikin says:

      I was thinking how clear this was and how simple Wittgenstein actually, and I was really excited by this insight and ready to attack the Tractatus head on But Grayling closes by pretty much telling us Wittgenstein was poetic, but really had very little content and wasn t much a philosopher Now on one extreme maybe Grayling is right, and I should pass over Wittgenstein move on, or, on the other extreme, Grayling spent the whole book tearing Wittgenstein down, and which means the philosophy is lik [...]

    12. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      Wittgenstein A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions 46 , A.C GraylingLudwig Wittgenstein 1889 1951 was an extraordinarily original thinker, whose influence on twentieth century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone In this engaging Introduction, A.C Grayling makes Wittgenstein s thought accessible to the general reader by explaining the nature and impact of Wittgenstein s views He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between the [...]

    13. Nilesh says:

      The book provides a balanced although too concise a summary of Wittgenstein s work The pace is a bit hurried but the main problem is that the author s own conclusions are almost self defeatingly critical rather than constructive One is almost made to feel why one even went through the book or the author bothered to narrate if the entire Wittgenstein work had so little to offer The reality is that from this book too one gets a lot of insights as long as one thinks beyond conclusions provided by t [...]

    14. Reading says:

      Wittgenstein came from a rich family His mother sometimes invited Brahms, or Mahler to visit their house His brother, Paul the pianist, lost one arm during the World War I thereby Ravel and Strauss wrote a few one handed piano concertos for Paul He was taught at home instead of going to school, which turned out to be a bad idea by his father, that caused him fail to meet the standard required for schools that could have qualified him for renowned universities So he went to England, and entered M [...]

    15. Ed Hatfield says:

      Without reference to Wittgenstein s actual writings which are notoriously dense and difficult to expand and interpret this introduction seems to have conveyed the essence of Wittgenstein s writings in particular the dramatic shift between his early work and later work Tractatus Investigations This is a clear, well written summary which justifies itself well and was quite approachable despite my knowing little about philosophy of language or psychology All in all worth reading if you want to get [...]

    16. Elisefur says:

      I ve read some Wittgenstein when I was younger and for me he s definitely a great poet and He might not be a central figure or a proper philosopher in the institutional context, but still, I heart Wittgenstein for his sheer intuitive genius.

    17. Zack Clemmons says:

      Not so surprising that an analytic philosopher so clearly enjoys explaining and critiquing Wittgenstein s early hyper analytic work over the metaphorical, aphoristic arcana of the later work Still, this was indeed a very short introduction, so mission accomplished, I suppose.

    18. Tom Baikin-O'hayon says:

      the biographical notes are shallow and empty, the rest is just as useless it seems as if Grayling does not understand the importance of the philosopher, and at times thinks that he is wiser than him.

    19. Ben says:

      Every Very Short Introduction is worth a read This was a concise, and accessible summary of Wittgenstein s life and thought It is exactly what it claims to be.

    20. Tomás Martínez Coronado says:

      This made me think.

    21. Gavin says:

      Very good and critical introduction to Wittgenstein s work.

    22. John Coughran says:

      I m not sure I have a much better understanding of the core of Wittgenstein s work, over I think it focuses on his own contradictions as his theories evolved, than actually explaining the core elements of what exists in harmony of that growth.

    23. Jean Paul Govè says:

      It was probably an odd choice to have a philosopher this hostile to Wittgenstein write an introduction to him Grayling doesn t immediately come off as hostile and his writing remains measured, but clearly the major chunks of this introduction are preoccupied with three themes 1 whether Wittgenstein was in fact an influential philosopher, with the implication almost throughout that he was not, 2 whether Wittgenstein was either an influence on or indeed a part of the Logical Positivists, with the [...]

    24. Mike says:

      Obviously A.C Grayling is one of the most prominent philosophers out there right now, and one of his primary areas of knowledge is Wittgenstein So I came into reading this book with high expectations.First, I must admit that I read this book in the Kindle format It had been very poorly converted from print, and I was pretty severely disappointed Readability was very negatively affected If you re going to read it, read it in print.This is a good general introduction and overview of Wittgenstein s [...]

    25. Stephen Wong says:

      I borrowed a copy of this book from the Goethe Institut along with two anthologies of German poetry dual language books in English and German I have been reading this book what does this denote at the same time as George Steiner s The Poetry of Thought I think that fortuitously this parallel reading although the parallel reading lines do meet, don t they has given me a better sense of Wittgenstein s stylistic choices in the early and then the later Wittgenstein as well as his aphoristic and ther [...]

    26. Jeroen Berndsen says:

      NBD Biblion return Onder de vele inleidingen in het werk van de Oostenrijkse filosoof Wittgenstein 1889 1951 is dit een zeer goede Crayling schrijft voor een publiek dat geen wijsgerige vooropleiding bezit, maar wel bereid is om zijn hersens te gebruiken Hij bouwt zijn betoog stap voor stap glashelder op, doet geen enkele concessie waar het de zorgvuldigheid betreft, en neemt daarbij een zekere droogheid op de koop toe De Tractatus en de Logische Untersuchungen krijgen alle aandacht die ze verdi [...]

    27. Anthony says:

      I had long ago heard of this book as a good while critical summary of Wittgenstein As someone who has put a non negligible amount of time towards studying Wittgenstein s philosophical work, I found it to be a worthwhile read, either for someone completely unfamiliar or for someone who already has an opinion one way or the other Grayling s writing is concise and to the point, and he does an excellent job explaining the Tractatus in historical context pointing out for example how strongly influenc [...]

    28. Boris says:

      This interpretation of Wittgenstein is both very good and horrible What is good is that Grayling is no mindless fan of Wittgenstein, and his conclusion in this book goes as far as to doubt whether Wittgenstein is a capable philosopher at all and not a poet prophet This is unique and daring in a book meant as an introduction to Wittgenstein s thinking What is quite horrible is that Grayling has the ability, which analytical philosophers have, to kill the material which they deal with Under the [...]

    29. Jakob says:

      Grayling gives a concise and rather readable introduction to Wittgenstein s philosophy He starts by giving a short biographical account before he summarizes Wittgenstein s early philosophy from the Tractatus He then mover to the later philosophy, most notably the one presented in Philosophical investigations, before rounding off by assessing Wittgenstein s place in and influence upon the field of philosophy It is a rather rare sight to read an introduction to a person s work be so critical, but [...]

    30. D. E. Street says:

      If there is anything good to say about this small book, it s that A.C does a commendable job in laying out Wittgenstein s philosophy in such a small number of pages However, Grayling often misrepresents and distorts Wittgenstein s views in such a way that detracts from what could have been a tolerable introduction Moreover, the Bias Grayling has against Wittgenstein is so obvious that the book comes off as of a polemic than a worthwhile introduction Novices to philosophy who are genuinely inter [...]

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