Tagged: Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein – Lecture on Ethics. 1929.

My subject, as you know, is Ethics and I will adopt the explanation of that term which Professor Moore has given in his book Principia Ethica. He says: “Ethics is...

Wittgenstein: The Nature of Philosophy

From: Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations. 89-92. 106-133.  89. In what sense is logic something sublime? For there seemed to pertain to logic a peculiar depth–a universal significance. Logic lay, it seemed, at...

The Will

Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations. 587-594; 611-629.         587. It makes sense to ask: ‘Do I really love her, or am I only pretending to myself?’ and the process of introspection is the calling...

Language Games; Rejection of Logical Atomism

But how many kinds of sentences are there? Say assertion, question, and command?–There are countless different kinds of what we call “symbols,” “words,” “sentences.” And this multiplicity is not something fixed, given once for all; but new types of language, new language-games, as we may say, come into existence, and others become obsolete and get forgotten. (We can get a rough picture of this from the changes in mathematics.)

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Born in Vienna into one of Europe’s richest families, he gave away his entire inheritance. Three of his brothers committed suicide, with Wittgenstein contemplating it as well.He left academia several times: serving as an officer on the frontline during World War I, where he was decorated a number of times for his courage; teaching in schools in remote Austrian villages; and working during World War II as a hospital porter in London. There, he told patients not to take the drugs they were prescribed, and where he largely managed to keep secret the fact that he was one of the world’s most famous philosophers. He described philosophy, however, as “the only work that gives me real satisfaction.”