Ludwig Wittgenstein

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About the Book

Regarded as the most important philosopher since Kant, Wittgenstein set out to solve all the major problems of philosophy, stating that these arise from misunderstandings of the logic of language. Tracing his life and influences, Who the hell is Ludwig Wittgenstein? gets to grips with who this brilliant man was and what his philosophy is all about.

Chapter 1: Wittgenstein's Life Story

Chapter 2: Influences on Wittgenstein's Thinking

Chapter 3: Picture Theory of Meaning
Wittgenstein claims that there is an insurmountable divide between that which can be expressed in language and that which is only explicit non-verbally. This chapter looks at exactly what Wittgenstein was talking about.

Chapter 4: Language is a Box of Tools
What does Wittgenstein mean when he compares language to a box of tools? Here we delve into his thoughts on the many practical uses of language and all its different resources.

Chapter 5: Hinge Propositions and Scepticism
Skepticism is what philosophy is all about – it raises questions and deals with doubts. Wittgenstein saw some things as being exempt from doubt, claiming that if we 'want the door to turn, the hinges must stay put'. This chapter explores his theory further.

About the Author

Howard Peacock read Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford, before taking his MPhil and PhD in Philosophy at University College London. He has published widely on topics in ancient philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophy of language, with a particular interest in the existential commitments of ordinary language and the problem of universals. Since 2006 he has taught at James Allen’s Girls’ School in London, where he is Director of Studies.