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Why Wittgenstein?

Wittgenstein has fascinated me since I first came across him at university. His writings were very different from other philosophers, and his later philosophy seemed to me to sort things out so comprehensively that I gave up philosophy and never pursued an academic career. Now I am coming back to Wittgenstein with different eyes and […]

Why Wittgenstein? is a post from: Understanding Wittgenstein

Understanding Wittgenstein

Struggling for Certainty

On Certainty is the first Wittgenstein text I read cover to cover – in fact, I seem to remember reading it twice feverishly over one weekend. It’s more a collection of notes than a worked-up text and it is slightly infuriating – you keep thinking he has got the issue sorted and then he starts […]

Struggling for Certainty is a post from: Understanding Wittgenstein

Understanding Wittgenstein

What did Wittgenstein want from philosophy?

Wittgenstein’s philosophy (or rather both of them – that contained in the Tractatus and that contained in his later writings) is unusual in that it does not set out to give answers to any of the great philosophical questions that drive most people to philosophy (including perhaps even Wittgenstein himself).  ”So what?”, you might say. […]

What did Wittgenstein want from philosophy? is a post from: Understanding Wittgenstein

Understanding Wittgenstein

The Strange Feeling of Being Watched

Have you ever had the feeling that someone was watching you? It’s a feeling that many people talk about and it is seen as as a somewhat strange feeling, since it seems a bit uncanny that somehow we can sense that someone is looking at us. I would imagine that researchers have done experiments to […]

The Strange Feeling of Being Watched is a post from: Understanding Wittgenstein

Understanding Wittgenstein