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Publisher's Summary

Born in Vienna into an extremely wealthy and highly cultured family, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) grew up surrounded by art, music, and a disturbing amount of dysfunctional behavior. After studying mechanical engineering and developing an interest in aeronautics, he became obsessed with mathematics and logic, which led to his life's work exploring the relationship between language, philosophy, and reality.
In Simply Wittgenstein, James Klagge presents a fascinating portrait of this brilliant and troubled man, while exploring his two extraordinary books - the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations - in which he gave concrete form to his singular and perplexing ideas. Drawing on 30 years of teaching about Wittgenstein at both the undergraduate and graduate level, Klagge provides a clear and accessible introduction to these seminal works, helping the reader understand the revolutionary nature of Wittgenstein’s insights and the reason they continue to resonate in our own time.
©2016 James C. Klagge (P)2017 Simply Charly
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5 out of 5 stars
By Fabian on 04-18-18

Fun, accessible and informative

The best intro to Wittgenstein ever made. The narration is superb also. Buckle up for a ride.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hector on 10-18-17

Well explained, clearly spoken, simply enjoyable.

A lovely walk through Wittgenstein's work.
Quotes were delivered elegantly.

The contextualization of Wittgenstein's ideas within his biographical timeline really helped get a better picture of his peculiar philosophy.

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By Adam on 04-16-17

Great intro to Wittgenstein

Where does Simply Wittgenstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A very accessible introduction to Wittgenstein and his philosophy. I look forward to more in the "Simply" series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's gotta be Wittgenstein, right?

What does Joff Manning bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator was excellent which made the book a joy to listen to.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 06-28-17

Simply Wittgenstein

There is nothing simple about this man.He has an interesting background BUT I couldn't make heads or tales from his philosophy.I take it that is why we need it simplified.I liked the narrator,Joff Manning s, voice and narration.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher.

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