Friday, October 12, 2012

Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Memoir by Norman Malcolm

Ludwig Wittgenstein: A MemoirFor September, I have been rereading some things apart from the comics that I have been following. This October, I have just finished reading Norman Malcolm's account of his friendship with Ludwig Wittgenstein. There are parts of the book that would be better appreciated by familiarity with the Tractatus, Philosophical Investigations and On Certainty.
    But for the most part, having some familiarity with Wittgenstein's ideas ("picture theory of propositions", family resemblance etc.), difficult and varied as some of them might be, would be enough. I think some might be more interested in how Wittgenstein was as a friend, teacher and philosopher. I was not surprised with his dim view of "professional philosophy."

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