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 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....Continua
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)....Continua
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