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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.

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

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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.

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Lively narration

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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.

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  • Barnaby
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 07-10-16

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

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-11-14

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.

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  • Trasimacus
  • 05-14-15

A clear introduction

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

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  • Jim
  • 06-29-16

Strange Narration Style

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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.

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  • 03-09-16

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