Is there a hippo in the room?

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”

As part of my studies, I’ve started a Philosophy of Language course, part of which deals with Austrian born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who spent a lot of his life in England, philosophising on mathematics, language and other stuff.

Seems a bit of a tough nut to crack at the moment, but I’ll let you know how I get on.

Books I’ve put together so far:

  • Wittgenstein for Beginners, John Heaton
  • Wittgenstein, Philosophy in an Hour [Kindle Edition], Paul Strathern
  • How to Read Wittgenstein, Ray Monk

The BBC/IOT podcast on Wittgenstein (2003) was a tad disappointing as none of the guests seemed to able to explain exactly what our Ludwig was on about, or perhaps I need to listen to it a second time. Anyway another good podcast – an interview with Ray Monk – can be found here.

Still looking for some decent documentary / OU type video material if anyone knows of any.

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