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Date: December 11, 2014

Wittgenstein, Tolstoy and the Folly of Logical Positivism

Stuart Greenstreet explains how analytical philosophy got into a mess.

This year’s centenary of the First World War coincides with Ludwig Wittgenstein beginning writing his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Not the least astonishing fact about it is that most of it was written between 1914 and 1918 by a brave young soldier fighting at the front line.

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Print by Eduardo Paolozzi

This is the first of the three prints in the suite which refer to Wittgenstein’s biography, described on Paolozzi's blog.

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More current than ever

Wittgenstein's philosophy is at odds with the scientism which dominates our times. Ray Monk explains why his thought is still relevant. Published in July 1999 issue of Prospect Magazine.
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Wittgenstein, a Memoir

How a teacher of philosophy turned one writer into a poet.
An article by Garrett Caples on The Poetry Foundation website.

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What is Fiction for?

How can literature, which consists of nothing more than the description of imaginary events and situations, offer any insight into the workings of 'human reality' or 'the human condition'? Can mere words illuminate something that we call 'reality'?

Bernard Harrison answers these questions in his profoundly original work, What is Fiction For?, and seeks to re-enfranchise reality in the realms of art and discourse. Read the flyer.

Philosophy and the prelate

The former archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams reflects on the ideas of Wittgenstein and the ways in which language works in The Guardian.

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