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  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig 1889-1951. Austrian philosopher who taught in England and who had a major influence on 20th-century philosophy. His main works, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) and Philosophical Investigations (1953), explore the relation between language and the world.

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  • proper n. Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian-born twentieth-century philosopher noted for the idea of "family resemblance" as that which individual objects of a sense of a term have in common.

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  • n. British philosopher born in Austria; a major influence on logic and logical positivism (1889-1951)


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  • It takes a little work and you have to read some stuff more than once, but when you finally get what Wittgenstein is doing you come to realize he is indeed correct about philosophy being composed of a series of linguistic confusions.

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  • So we see how useful Wittgenstein is to the Labour Party.

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  • Wittgenstein is partly internal, and some (Soames) think that his time is past anyway.

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  • I dialed up everyone named Ripley in America and asked, "Does the name Wittgenstein mean anything to you?"

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  • To be clear, I’m 100 percent convinced that Wittgenstein is correct and that he’s one of the most important figures in the history of philosophy.

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  • On a visit to Wisconsin, he recalls, he picked up an out-of-print book called The Wittgenstein House in a second-hand shop, about the house the Austrian philosopher built for his sister.

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  • To paraphrase Wittgenstein, “carbuncle” is a funny word.

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  • But it's worth recalling Wittgenstein's remark on the subject.

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  • But the question of the infinite regress remains and recalls Wittgenstein's questioning: why should one be compelled to accept a logical conclusion?

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  • To paraphrase Wittgenstein: "If you can't say anything worth saying, then don't open your mouth."

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