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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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By Adam on 05-08-17

Your first stop for understanding Wittgenstein.

I was absolutely delighted by this audiobook! I've been dabbling in Wittgenstein for the last decade or so, after two other introductions to Wittgenstein's life, both of which slandered the man in my exclamation, and gave no helpful insight into hos work, along comes this insightful introduction. Along with setting the stage for understanding his work, we receive helpful insight into how we should read both the Tractatus and his Philosophical Investigations. Klagge is the tour guide I would've wanted when I was bumbling through one of the worlds most notoriously difficult philosophical texts.

The near raider did a great job. He hit every note precisely! I wasn't even annoyed at his British accent.

If you were ever going to approach Wittgenstein, this is the front door. I can't recommend it heartily enough!

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By Calinurseguy on 05-08-17

I think I understand! Yay!

Would you consider the audio edition of Simply Wittgenstein to be better than the print version?

Both enhanced each other

What did you like best about this story?

Good job bringing the understanding to a complex person and his ideas to my level.

What about Joff Manning’s performance did you like?

entertaining with clarity

Any additional comments?

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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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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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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