Introducing Wittgenstein

by John M. Heaton

Paper Book, 2005




Thriplow : Lanham, Md. : Icon Books : Totem Books ; Distributed to the trade in the USA by National Book Network, 2005.


An introduction to the work and personal life of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. It presents a man of contradictions: a rigorous logician who prized poetry above philosophy; a solitary man who inspired lifelong friendships; and a great teacher who advised his students to give up philosophy.

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LibraryThing member Redsfan
Even if you think that you don't like philosophy, especially if you don't like philosophy give it a try.
LibraryThing member dchaikin
18. Introducing Wittgenstein by John Heaton & illustrated by Judy Groves (1994, 173 pages, read Apr 18-20)

As part of my weird quest-to-reread-Infinite-Jest, I decided I needed to read certain key influences on David Foster Wallace, including Wittgenstein's Tractatus...or did I? And anyway, where to start on such a book? So, I started here. The illustrations are random and vaguely pointless, but text is nice and simple. It highlights how absolutely fascinating Wittgenstein the person was. I finished quite a bit confused on Tractatus, but felt something of a comprehension of Wittgenstein's main later work, [Philosophical Investigations] (published posthumously). The overall effect of this book was to get me started on and interested in Wittgenstein. That's a success.… (more)
LibraryThing member amarcobio
I like the ┬┤for beginners┬┤ series, and this one is no exception. A good introduction to a philosopher I've always found intimidating.
LibraryThing member galacticus
Good but not great.


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