Publisher: Harper Perennial
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On October 25, 1946, in a crowded room in Cambridge, England, the great twentieth-century philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper came face to face for the first and only time. The meeting -- which lasted ten minutes -- did not go well. Their loud and aggressive confrontation became the stuff of instant legend, but precisely what happened during that brief confrontation remained for decades the subject of intense disagreement.
An engaging mix of philosophy, history, biography, and literary detection, Wittgenstein's Poker explores, through the Popper/Wittgenstein confrontation, the history of philosophy in the twentieth century. It evokes the tumult of fin-de-siécle Vienna, Wittgentein's and Popper's birthplace; the tragedy of the Nazi takeover of Austria; and postwar Cambridge University, with its eccentric set of philosophy dons, including Bertrand Russell. At the center of the story stand the two giants of philosophy themselves -- proud, irascible, larger than life -- and spoiling for a fight.
Viiolare said on Dec 28, 2011, 03:37
Tomas said on Dec 19, 2011, 12:50
Kindkiller said on Sep 13, 2011, 00:16
Arguta ricostruzione di un periodo di conflitti filosofici culminati con un incontro ravvicinato ad alta tensione tra due pesi massimi quali Karl Popper e Ludwig Wittgenstein.</p><p>Lettura molto piacevole intorno a tempi e idee di cui i due autori sembrano molto ben informati.</p><p>Per chi si interessa di filosofia del XX secolo, una rara occasione di leggerne una sintesi del tutto particolare.
Lupo said on Nov 15, 2009, 21:34
Frank said on Mar 22, 2009, 18:52
The part about the controversy itself is not written well, maybe because the authors are journalists, but there are some interesting details about how Wittgenstein's family in Austria fared under Hitler.
oriole said on Jan 29, 2009, 15:23
First and foremost, this is not a philosophy book, and if it is, not a good one (If it is, what's the main philosophical theme?)
It takes too much to go into Wittgenstein's philosophy in depth, for it's obscure and maybe fragmented at times. He mentions something really interesting in a paragraph and then he often moves on to mention something else in the very next paragraph as if the first thing he mentioned has already been taken care of. He rarely draws a conclusion in a clear form. Some people masochistically spend their life on this subject. With that's said, it's easier to talk about his life. So this is one of those books on great philosophers, like one on Kripke's personality or one on Tarski's personal life. O just like there are so many books on Einstein!! So you might as well like it if you are a gossiper and like that kind of book in general. I didn't like it at all.
If you are genuinely interested in Wittgenstein as a person "Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius by Ray Monk" serves the job far more justly.
JihadeR said on Oct 29, 2008, 14:30
瞟客 Ivan said on Sep 06, 2008, 22:07
Popper incontrò una volta sola Wittgenstein e lo fece infuriare al punto che l'altro si mise ad agitargli contro un attizzatoio. Il libro ricostruisce il fatto e le personalità dei due.
Certo che i filosofi son strani.
Zapp Brannigan said on Aug 17, 2008, 18:56
Goluckyryan said on Jun 23, 2008, 15:56