The limits of my language means the limits of my world.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:713) - Ludwig Wittgenstein words
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:833) - Ludwig Wittgenstein life
A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:472) - Ludwig Wittgenstein
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:673) - Ludwig Wittgenstein
The real question of life after death isn't whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:757) - Ludwig Wittgenstein life
Don't for heaven's sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:552) - Ludwig Wittgenstein nonsense
If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:648) - Ludwig Wittgenstein
I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again 'I know that that’s a tree', pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: 'This fellow isn’t insane. We are only doing philosophy.'Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:551) - Ludwig Wittgenstein On Certainty insanity
Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:482) - Ludwig Wittgenstein
The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have known since long.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:705) - Ludwig Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations knowledge
Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:774) - Ludwig Wittgenstein
The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-13 (visit:734) - Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. He was professor in philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 1939 until 1947. In his lifetime, he published just one book review, one article, a children's dictionary, and the 75-page Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921). In 1999, his posthumously published Philosophical Investigations (1953) was ranked as the most important book of 20th-century philosophy by the Baruch Poll , standing out as "...the one crossover masterpiece in twentieth-century philosophy, appealing across diverse specializations and philosophical orientations". Philosopher Bertrand Russell described him as "the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived, passionate, profound, intense, and dominating".
Born in Vienna into one of Europe's wealthiest families, he gave away his entire inheritance. Three of his brothers committed suicide, with Ludwig contemplating it too. He left academia several times: serving as an officer on the frontline during World War I, where he was decorated a number of times for his courage; teaching in schools in remote Austrian villages, where he encountered controversy for hitting children when they made mistakes in mathematics; and working during World War II as a hospital porter in London, where he told patients not to take the drugs they were prescribed, and where no-one knew he was one of the world's most famous philosophers. He described philosophy, however, as "the only work that gives me real satisfaction."
His philosophy is often divided between his early period, exemplified by the Tractatus, and later period, articulated in the Philosophical Investigations. The early Wittgenstein was concerned with the logical relationship between propositions and the world, and believed that by providing an account of the logic underlying this relationship he had solved all philosophical problems. The later Wittgenstein rejected many of the conclusions of the Tractatus, arguing that the meaning of words is constituted by the function they perform within any given language-game.
Wittgenstein's influence has been felt in nearly every field of the humanities and social sciences, yet there are widely diverging interpretations of his thought. In the words of his friend and colleague Georg Henrik von Wright: "He was of the opinion... that his ideas were generally misunderstood and distorted even by those who professed to be his disciples. He doubted he would be better understood in the future. He once said he felt as though he were writing for people who would think in a different way, breathe a different air of life, from that of present-day men."