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Wittgenstein's Poker

The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers

By John Eidinow,David Edmonds

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| Paperback | 9780060936648

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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. T Continue

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.

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    要成為傑出的哲學家,方法一就是向世人宣告其他人的立論都是沒意義的;
    方法二,回答不出來的時候,就說對方的問題沒有意義。

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    Viiolare said on Dec 28, 2011 | 1 feedback

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    維根斯坦的撥火棒

    他的一生無疑非常適合當作戲劇和小説的題材或製造神話。對我們來説,維根斯坦是現代主義局外人的極致,是個從未停止創新自己的怪孩子。(Marjorie Perloff's Wittgenstein's Ladder)

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    Tomanso said on Dec 19, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    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 ...(continue)

    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.

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    Lupo said on Nov 15, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    這算是一部……八卦事件,作者從歷史脈絡來看一次學術界衝突「Wittgenstein憤而離席」的發生,對手來頭也不小,是受邀來演講的Karl Popper。

    這本書記述當時研討會在場的人,與兩位主角之間的關係;還有這兩個人的人生路程︰一個咄咄逼人的豪門貴族,與一個咄咄逼人的中下階層;最後回到研討會現場,推敲當時可能是什麼情形。總之,我覺得很好玩……

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    法蘭雞 said on Mar 22, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    A novel about Wittgenstein and Popper

    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. ...(continue)

    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.

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    JihadeR said on Oct 29, 2008 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 352 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0060936649
  • ISBN-13: 9780060936648
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish date: 2002-09-17
  • Dimensions: 148 mm x 870 mm x 1,193 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover
  • In other languages: other languages 繁體書 , 简体书
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