LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN: Philosopher

He began by trying to reduce all mathematics to logic and ended by finding most metaphysics to be nonsense

If you would like to watch philosophers squirm--and who wouldn't?--pose this tough question: Suppose you may either a) solve a major philosophical problem so conclusively that there is nothing left to say (thanks to you, part of the field closes down forever, and you get a footnote in history); or b) write a book of such tantalizing perplexity and controversy that it stays on the required-reading list for centuries to come. Which would you choose? Many philosophers will reluctantly admit that they would go for option b). If they had to choose, they would rather be read than right. The Austrian...

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