Ludwig Wittgenstein : An Intellectual Biography
After the triumph of his intellectual biography, Saint Augustine of Hippo, Miles Hollingworth turns his attention to one of Augustine's greatest admirers: the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein has had more influence on post-war philosophical investigation than almost any other and was the de facto founder of the major movement logical positivism. Yet he was also an Austrian Jewish refugee, a heedless ascetic raised amidst Carnegie-like wealth and family tragedy, who lived a tortured existence in his final years at Trinity College Cambridge.
In Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hollingworth continues to pioneer a new kind of biographical writing; one in which the life and thought are not separated so as to explain each other, but fused and let loose. Here we are drawn through mathematical, linguistic and historical philosophy into Wittgenstein's way of seeing things--and then deeper still into his all-consuming sense of destiny. From out of the fog of legend and eccentricity emerges the insight that Wittgenstein was actually in perfect control of his narrative. And this in turn gives a new deadly seriousness to his philosophy--which this book follows to all of its strange yet reassuring conclusions.