We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Wittgenstein Audiobook

Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original thinker, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone. In this engaging Introduction, A.C. Grayling makes Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general listener by explaining the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views. He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's continuing influence on contemporary thought.

In a hurry? Listen to more Very Short Introductions.

©1988, 1996 A. C. Grayling (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (45 )
5 star
 (18)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.2 (38 )
5 star
 (17)
4 star
 (12)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.0 (39 )
5 star
 (16)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    v supervia Charlotte, NC USA 04-02-15
    v supervia Charlotte, NC USA 04-02-15 Member Since 2013

    supervia

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "very thorough summary of Wittgensteins main point"

    anyone wanting a sense of Wittgenstein will get what they need, as well, perhaps, some clues for digging deeper. I recommend it to anyone, including students needing a "brush up" on the main points.

    I cannot argue with Graylings assessment of Wittgensteins contributions to philosophy as a scholarly pursuit. but I find it oddly defensive, as if he is defending academic philosophical work against a charlatan. I also feel he overstates his claim to have refuted certain topics. I would have liked to have known if his refutation is in line with other scholars, including those who may still retain a certain fondness for W. however, all his main points stand.

    those who think W is literally the last word on getting past certain questions whether raised by scholars or lay persons, are sadly mistaken.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pedr 06-25-14
    Pedr 06-25-14 Member Since 2006

    blaines_wrld

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lively narration"
    Where does Wittgenstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A very good introduction to Wittgenstein that assumes no knowledge of philosophy on the part of the reader. Works well in audio format. I listened to this on a motorcycle trip. OK, it is a philosophy book but I like philosophy.


    What about Kyle Munley’s performance did you like?

    Lively narration.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-11-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7412
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1184
    1147
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1803
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Does a good job as a over view of subject"

    Grayling provides a brief biography, an analysis of Wittgenstein’s early work, “The Tractatus,” and analysis of his later work mainly the “philosophical Investigations” and lastly a look at Wittgenstein’s influence. As I had little knowledge of Wittgenstein (okay I admit my ignorance) and wanted an overview this book did exactly what I wished for. It provided me a general understanding of what Wittgenstein argued and a brief background of information about him. Wittgenstein’s main concern is with language and how our use of language leads to philosophical problems. If you are like me and wanted a brief overview and understanding this book will do the job. Kyle Munley did a good job narrating the book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barnaby Dallas, TX, United States 07-10-16
    Barnaby Dallas, TX, United States 07-10-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "excellent summary"

    I recommend this book as a good overall assessment and description of W in the context of Modern Criticism for Undergraduate and Graduate History, Theory and Philosophy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Trasimacus
    5/14/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A clear introduction"

    A clear and great book to introduce Wittgenstein to all the audiences. I had enjoyed it during all the listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    6/29/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Strange Narration Style"
    Any additional comments?

    The narration is very robotic with unnatural inflection. The author's name is introduced incorrectly at the start of the recording, which doesn't instil confidence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faon
    3/9/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A good short introduction"

    Wittgenstein is either a rogue or a genius .

    Grayling does burst the bubble of some of the more outlandish claims
    Its well written and well read
    Light enough to listen yo casually

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.