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Author: Paul Strathern Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781481536035
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If we accept Wittgenstein’s word for it, he is the last philosopher. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished.

Ludwig Wittgenstein was a superb logician who distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to logic. All else—metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself—was excluded. “What we cannot speak about,” he declared, “we must pass over in silence.”

In Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Wittgenstein’s life and ideas and explains their influence on man’s struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Wittgenstein’s work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Wittgenstein within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 1/7/2014

    " fantastic except i can hardly understand wiggenstein's ideas. deep and at the same time crazy?? i should read bertrand russell. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 8/28/2013

    " Wittgenstein in 43 minutes "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abu | 7/29/2013

    " A petty, inaccurate hack job. Its only redeeming feature is the presence of several significant quotations from Wittgenstein's works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tra-Kay | 7/4/2013

    " Mostly a biography, not an overview of his philosophies (although of course there is some of that as well). I found it subtly witty and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxfield | 4/21/2013

    " Strathern spares poor Ludwig no backhands in this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/23/2013

    " finished this book while on pain-killers- It may have made more sense this way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bala | 1/21/2013

    " Wittgenstein, the mordern philosopher who "found" the solution for the problem of philosophy is an engimatic figure. If you like philosophy, this is a good book to listen to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/27/2011

    " I can't talk about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 4/12/2011

    " Sort of an "Idiot's Guide" to philosophers. I'd heard about Wittgenstein and was curious to learn a little more about him. I'm hoping to read some of Paul Strathern's other 90 minute books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bala | 3/13/2011

    " Wittgenstein, the mordern philosopher who "found" the solution for the problem of philosophy is an engimatic figure. If you like philosophy, this is a good book to listen to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 5/3/2010

    " fantastic except i can hardly understand wiggenstein's ideas. deep and at the same time crazy?? i should read bertrand russell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 11/13/2009

    " Sort of an "Idiot's Guide" to philosophers. I'd heard about Wittgenstein and was curious to learn a little more about him. I'm hoping to read some of Paul Strathern's other 90 minute books. "

About the Author

Paul Strathern earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. The author of many nonfiction books and of articles for numerous publications, he has also written several novels and has won the Somerset Maugham Prize. He lives and writes in London.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.