Wittgenstein's Vienna (2020)

Wittgenstein s Vienna This is a remarkable book about a man perhaps the most important and original philosopher of our age a society the corrupt Austro Hungarian Empire on the eve of dissolution and a city Vienna with
  • Title: Wittgenstein's Vienna
  • Author: Allan Janik Stephen Toulmin
  • ISBN: 9781566631327
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a remarkable book about a man perhaps the most important and original philosopher of our age , a society the corrupt Austro Hungarian Empire on the eve of dissolution , and a city Vienna, with its fin de siecle gaiety and corrosive melancholy The central figure in this study of a crumbling society that gave birth to the modern world is Wittgenstein, the brilliThis is a remarkable book about a man perhaps the most important and original philosopher of our age , a society the corrupt Austro Hungarian Empire on the eve of dissolution , and a city Vienna, with its fin de siecle gaiety and corrosive melancholy The central figure in this study of a crumbling society that gave birth to the modern world is Wittgenstein, the brilliant and gifted young thinker With others, including Freud, Viktor Adler, and Arnold Schoenberg, he forged his ideas in a classical revolt against the stuffy, doomed, and moralistic lives of the old regime As a portrait of Wittgenstein, the book is superbly realized it is even better as a portrait of the age, with dazzling and unusual parallels to our own confused society Allan Janik and Stephen Toulmin have acted on a striking premise an understanding of prewar Vienna, Wittgenstein s native city, will make it easier to comprehend both his work and our own problems.This is an independent work containing much that is challenging, new, and useful New York Times Book Review.
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    1. It is somewhat of a surprise to me, but this may be one of my favorite works of philosophy The reason why is simple Wittgenstein s Vienna studies the thought of a particular individual not just on its apparent ground, but also, and possibly fundamentally, within the context of the culture and history in which it arose This is something that should be done with many of the thinkers and artists of days past, but Wittgenstein in particular almost demands this treatment The proof of this is given i [...]

    2. Such a great read I am thinking agreeing that this book is probably quite fundamental to pursuing an understanding of the guy.

    3. Not only do Janik and Toulmin have an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge, but they are bold and relentlessly methodical in putting it together They re equally at home discussing the shift from seven tone to twelve tone composition, the replacement of artificially baroque architecture with functional spaces, the emergence of internally mapped axiomatic systems vs historical explanations of scientific enterprise, poetic expression, journalistic styles and rivalries and deftly charting the c [...]

    4. Although a lot people don t seem to see the value of a book like Wittgenstein s Vienna, it is fortunate books like it exist What are the roots of modern racial Antisemitism That German fellow Johann Andreas Eisenmenger apparently did a swell job exposing the Talmud as a hate book, but what about hatred of those with Jewish blood It seems that Vienna, Austria was essentially the Jewish capital of Europe Apparently, Vienna was also the capital of modern day intellectual Antisemitism The only thing [...]

    5. I first read Wittgenstein s Tractatus Logico Philosophicus TLP in a class in 1975 In 1976 77 I undertook to compile what I called a Cultural Historical Introduction to Wittgenstein s Tractatus But I soon discovered that this book had been published in 1973, accomplishing most all of what I had wanted to do, only far better This is essential reading for anyone interested in the TLP This is about the 4th time I ve read the book, but I am only now listing it in b c my listings only cover what I hav [...]

    6. This is an engrossing and original account of scientific and cultural life in late Habsburg Vienna, hard to put down even when the concepts are particularly tricky The authors main idea is that the philosophy of Wittgenstein, both in its early and late incarnations, has been misunderstood because seen through the lens of the British analytic tradition Thus, Wittgenstein is better understood as a typical pre WWI Viennese, deeply concerned with topics such as integrity in a world of falsehoods and [...]

    7. Wittgenstein is a name that looms large on the landscape of twentieth century philosophy, and one day I ll get around to actually reading his work For now though, I m still dancing around the edges I ve written about Logicomix before as a creative introduction to the mathematical and philosophical scene in which Wittgenstein appeared, and about a year ago that led me to an excellent biography on Wittgenstein This latest book on the philosopher, which had come up several times before in reference [...]

    8. Wittgenstein passionately believes that all that really matters in human life is precisely what, in his view, we must be silent about The book argues that the themes of Wittgenstein s Tractatus are connected to a larger body of discourse which preoccupied fin de si cle Viennese intellectuals The first five chapters outlines the intellectual milieu of Vienna the controversies as well as innovations in political theory, art, music, architecture and science Every idea and theory mentioned in these [...]

    9. If, like me, you have insomnia, and Ambien doesn t work, and Trazodone doesn t work, and Sonata doesn t work, perhaps you ll want to try this book.It has the true scholastic stink the authors aren t content to state something once they prefer to state it five times, and heap the sentiment with additional adverbs and adjectives at every pass Cause adverbs add authority and precision, right Ha ha The subject matter interests me and is relevant to my work, and I hoped to gain some knowledge of this [...]

    10. An unusual book with unexpected structure, it took the time to grow on me, but upon finishing it I definitely walked away a fan Janick and Toulmin JT seem to start out on a same trajectory as Schorske s Fin De Si cle and cover a similar cast of characters Klimt, Schoenberg, Otto Wagner, Karl Lueger, Herzl but then they plunge into a philosophy heavy meditative analysis of interrelation between philosophy, science, ethics and language, and then finally level off with unintended side effects for t [...]

    11. Great stuff intellectual history that s pretty heavy on the philosophical conundrums of the age Prepare yourself for heavy doses of Kant, Schopenhauer, and Kierkegaard, as well as Wittgenstein.

    12. A great companion to Carl Schorkse s masterpiece Fin de Siecle Vienna every little helps Every little tile added to the mosaic once called Vienna, every small clue, anecdote, story, thought, recount brings me to an era than never was is and will be for me but I feel closer and closer each time I read a book such as this.Wittgenstein is beyond, behind, above and ahead of me I can t comment as this is my first encounter with his philosophy.What I can say though is that the language, writing and na [...]

    13. Daugyb dat , adres ir pavard i bei ma ai Vitgen teino gyvenimo ir id j Nepaisant to, knyga iek tiek supa indina su XIX am iaus antrosios pus s XX am iaus pirmosios pus s Vienos elito vie uoju gyvenimu bei kavini kult ra.

    14. this book is best for some background on the remarkable era before the first world war in Vienna Details such as the housing shortage in the city and the chronic sanitation problem is helpful The first chapter on karl kraus is clear as well What is not so clear is the middle of the book where the authors struggle, unsuccessfully to crystalize the development of the preeminent philosopher of the 20th Century No one assumes that would be easy but it is almost as if the authors are too intimidated [...]

    15. I was looking for a good cultural history of fin de siecle Vienna This wasn t it, but I persevered A dense and challenging read, like taking your brain to the gym, but rewarding too The central argument is that Wittgenstein and the philosophical questions he undertook were in part a product of late Hapsburg Viennese society And that misunderstanding of Wittgenstein, by for example the logical positivists, was partly due to a failure to see the man and his work within their proper historical cont [...]

    16. Recommended for people who do not judge books by covers The one in this picture is for a different edition I can only find one picture of mine online, here bookthug miva graphics It s tiny, but trust me it is an Atari version of the Taj Mahal with a Wall Street Journal style portrait of Wittgenstein, with space invaders on the side To add a touch of class Post reading less superficial review the cover remains the most remarkable thing about this book The real point of it is that only historians [...]

    17. What stuck with me in this cultural gloss of Wittgenstein s philosophy is the notion of a philosophical phase space , or simply the limits of language and, therefore, philosophy Using the logical formalism of Russell, Wittgenstein characterizes the possible states of philosophical propositions, and argues that rigorous ethical propositions are impossible An incredibly engaging read, it is surprising how interconnected this cultural milieu was Wittgenstein off to study with Boltzmann when the lat [...]

    18. A classic look at the social life and intellectual circles of Vienna at the end of the Habsburg era While I think Toulmin overstates any air of crisis he knows 1914 will happen, the cafe debaters of, say, 1910 don t , he does manage to catch the atmosphere of a city whose thinkers are producing much of what will come to be modern thought and art while understanding that the world around them is dissolving.

    19. Wittgenstein s own writings are far from lucid prose by the standards of the English speaking community Janik and Toulmin offer an excellent introduction to the cultural milieu that helped shape that thought thereby providing the English speaking reader an excellent backdrop to help decipher the meaning in Wittgenstein s own thoughts.

    20. The thesis isn t always convincing but this is well done cultural and intellectual history.An interesting, fun read that places Wittgenstein s theories in their appropriate historical context.Recommended for any interested in fin de siecle Vienna.

    21. Aviso a lectores noveles de filosof a M s que tratar de Viena este es un libro filos fico de filosof a y hay que leerlo de corrido como si se escuchara m sica sin detenerse en los conceptos que se entienden m s alla de la frase que se est leyendo.

    22. An interesting look at Wittgenstein and the Vienna that he grew up in Places the Ttractatus into a tradition of Viennese thought which I was completely unaware of A good read for anyone interested in Wittgenstein as a philosopher and a human being.

    23. Fabulous book which sets Wittgenstein and the Tractatus against fin de siecle Vienna An essential conjunction.

    24. If I had read this book when i bought it, I believe I would have enjoyed it I bought it when I studied philosophy five years ago

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