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Lud·wig Witt·gen·stein

Updated: Aug 14, 2022

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

To imagine a language is to imagine a form of life.

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.

I am my world.

If a lion could speak, we could not understand him.

I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.

Ethics and aesthetics are one.

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. Wittgenstein was born on April 26, 1889, in Vienna, Austria-Hungary and passed away in April 29, 1951 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. An aeronautical engineer turned philosopher at Cambridge University in the early 20th century; Wittgenstein is known by the likes of fellow philosophers and mathematical logicians such as Bertrand Russell & Gottlob Frege for his vehement views on empiricism, humorously going to the extent of arguing that rhinoceroses appeared to be listening in on Russell & his conversations. His passion for philosophy led him to become a decorated Lieutenant for the Austro-Hungarian Army in 1914 where he spent extensive time in the Alpine front until 1918 when he was eventually captured and imprisoned by the Italian army. Wittgenstein's most prominent works are centered around logic, language-games, and society's adherence to rule following. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, originally titled Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung (Logical-Philosophical Treatise) & Philosophical Investigations are his most renowned philosophical works, especially due to their seemingly inherent contradictions. Wittgenstein is considered to be one of the most influential philosophers in history. When informed by his doctor on his death bed that he only had a few days to live, Wittgenstein replied by stating 'good!' and swiftly before his death told his doctor 'tell them I had a wonderful life.'

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