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Overview

This collection of new essays deals with the relationship between Wittgenstein's life and his philosophy. The first two essays reflect on general problems inherent in philosophical biography itself. The essays that follow draw on recently published letters as well as recently published diaries from the 1930s to explore Wittgenstein's background as an engineer and its relation to the Tractatus, the impact of his schizoid personality on his approach to philosophy, his role as a diarist, letter-writer and polemicist, and finally the complex issue of Wittgenstein as a Jew.

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"[An] important collection of new essays..." Philosophy in Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521008686
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Editor's Preface
Philosophical Biography: The Very Idea 3
Philosophy and Biography 16
Wittgenstein and the Mind's Eye 53
Deep Disquietudes: Reflections on Wittgenstein as Antiphilosopher 98
The Sleepy Philosopher: How to Read Wittgenstein's Diaries 156
Letters from a Philosopher 176
Wittgenstein and Reason 195
Wittgenstein and the Idea of Jewishness 221
Was Wittgenstein a Jew? 237
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