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Wittgenstein and Freud in Heaven

Wittgenstein and Freud meet in heaven and, after some time discussing what Vienna was like in the early part of the twentieth century, they get down to business. Wittgenstein goes first. With the slightly ironic, knowing smile that denizens of heaven tend to adopt when talking about earthly things, he starts to talk: “Well, Sigmund, […]

Wittgenstein and Freud in Heaven is a post from: Understanding Wittgenstein

Understanding Wittgenstein

What Wittgenstein disliked in Freud

Wittgenstein was interested in Freud and thought he had something to say, but he also warned about his approach, indeed, he suggested that it was a way of thinking that needed to be combatted. So what was it that he didn’t like? One thing Wittgenstein disliked is the presentation of psycho-analysis as a science. Wittgenstein […]

What Wittgenstein disliked in Freud is a post from: Understanding Wittgenstein

Understanding Wittgenstein

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

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