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. ...
ll. 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.
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.
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
..."mes. 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.
an easy reading book. in some way it does give u the tension when the two men were in the same room, the main scene obviously. read: if u wanna know more about W and P. don't read: if u wanna learn their works (this is not a philosophy book).
I can probably never step across the thresold of philosophy, which is always tempting but demands way too much contemplation. Wittgenstein's Poker, as the sub-title suggests, is a tale revolving the blow between two of the most important
..." contemporary thinkers. Frankly I only know Wittgenstein's name and Popper? I even never heard of him. Yet it doesn't matter. The book serves as a vivid reference to what happened in the Central Europe back in the WWII, and most of all, it pens two charismatic, subjective and passionate philosophers into life. Having read the book, I am so grateful that we have these great figures who helped season the tedious mankind history.Continua...Nascondi