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Born in Vienna into an extremely wealthy and highly cultured family, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) grew up surrounded by art, music, and a disturbing amount of dysfunctional behavior. After studying mechanical engineering and developing an interest in aeronautics, he became obsessed with mathematics and logic, which led to his life's work exploring the relationship between language, philosophy, and reality.

In Simply Wittgenstein, James Klagge presents a fascinating portrait of this brilliant and troubled man, while exploring his two extraordinary books - the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations - in which he gave concrete form to his singular and perplexing ideas. Drawing on 30 years of teaching about Wittgenstein at both the undergraduate and graduate level, Klagge provides a clear and accessible introduction to these seminal works, helping the reader understand the revolutionary nature of Wittgenstein’s insights and the reason they continue to resonate in our own time.

©2016 James C. Klagge (P)2017 Simply Charly

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Your first stop for understanding Wittgenstein.

I was absolutely delighted by this audiobook! I've been dabbling in Wittgenstein for the last decade or so, after two other introductions to Wittgenstein's life, both of which slandered the man in my exclamation, and gave no helpful insight into hos work, along comes this insightful introduction. Along with setting the stage for understanding his work, we receive helpful insight into how we should read both the Tractatus and his Philosophical Investigations. Klagge is the tour guide I would've wanted when I was bumbling through one of the worlds most notoriously difficult philosophical texts.

The near raider did a great job. He hit every note precisely! I wasn't even annoyed at his British accent.

If you were ever going to approach Wittgenstein, this is the front door. I can't recommend it heartily enough!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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I think I understand! Yay!

Would you consider the audio edition of Simply Wittgenstein to be better than the print version?

Both enhanced each other

What did you like best about this story?

Good job bringing the understanding to a complex person and his ideas to my level.

What about Joff Manning’s performance did you like?

entertaining with clarity

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Fun, accessible and informative

The best intro to Wittgenstein ever made. The narration is superb also. Buckle up for a ride.

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Well explained, clearly spoken, simply enjoyable.

A lovely walk through Wittgenstein's work.
Quotes were delivered elegantly.

The contextualization of Wittgenstein's ideas within his biographical timeline really helped get a better picture of his peculiar philosophy.

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good introduction to Wittgenstein

I tried reading the Tractatus. it was too difficult for me. with this book, I can go back and try again

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Great insight on Wittgenstein

If you could sum up Simply Wittgenstein in three words, what would they be?

Informational, Insightful, and Fascinating

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  • Adam
  • 04-16-17

Great intro to Wittgenstein

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A very accessible introduction to Wittgenstein and his philosophy. I look forward to more in the "Simply" series.

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It's gotta be Wittgenstein, right?

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The narrator was excellent which made the book a joy to listen to.

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  • Deedra
  • 06-28-17

Simply Wittgenstein

There is nothing simple about this man.He has an interesting background BUT I couldn't make heads or tales from his philosophy.I take it that is why we need it simplified.I liked the narrator,Joff Manning s, voice and narration.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher.

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  • Emily
  • 06-13-17

Interesting

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I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was a quick and easy read about Wittgenstein, a philosopher that I personally not heard of before. Wittgenstein was himself a very interesting man, focusing his philosophy on the use of language. The author is very good as he expands on what parts of Wittgenstein's theory is still relevant today and clarified the more confusing aspects of his theory.

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  • MCR.
  • 05-02-17

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I find learning some subjects very difficult and often dare I say it rather tedious. However I have a great thirst for knowledge and not being by any stretch of the imagination a quick learner I decided to try out one of these recordings. I had better mention at this time that I am a "third age" learner so my opinion may be very different to that of a young mind. The readers voice was clear and his perfect diction made him easy to understand. I realy appreciated his English accent but that is my personal preference in all learning and classical literature and most poetry. My only criticism is that as the subject is difficult for me I wish he could have spoken a little slower. But I feel that is not his normal speech pattern. I think there is a mechanism on the recording to alter the speed but unlike a 3 year old at 68 I am unable to press the right buttons. I refuse to ask my exasperated and know it all offspring for help. I am fed up being a source of amusement. Believe me, once a 4 year old tells a room full of people not to let you touch their machine because "she did it? and now I cant watch Thomas" you get the picture? ' I found on listening to the recording just once, I loved all the interesting facts about the subjects life. So much I had no knowledge of was really very interesting and brought more questions for future discovery. Getting down th the theory, well, that was a doozy, some was easy most was mind boggling, really hard. So hard I did not understand the words explaing the words lol, "only joking" not realy. If it was easy there would be no need for anyone to to be a genious now would there? What is a genious anyway? It is just someone who has a different part of their brain "charged" to pick up "that" sequence of knowledge from the Ether. This author has that knowledge and he teaches it in as clear a way as such difficult concepts can be taught. I envy his students and wish I had been one of them. I was a dunce at school. The narrator speaks so clearly I find it easy to think he too could help me learn most subjects except maths. Even Einstein could not get that into my poor abused brain, that and long division lol.
So all in all I loved this recording, and funds permitting, or generous benefactors on special occasions, if I should continue to breath a little longer I would listen to more of these recordings.