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Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers Paperback – September 17, 2002
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"There was a delightful irony in the conflicting testimonies. They had arisen between people all professionally concerned with theories of epistemology..., understanding, and truth. Yet they concerned a sequence of events where those who disagreed were eyewitnesses on crucial questions of fact."(p4)
The authors use this rather well-known (to academic philosophers) but murky incident as a focus for a book that takes us back to the Vienna of the Hapsburgs, where the extremely wealthy Wittgensteins moved in the highest echelons of culture and social life, and the more modest Poppers also enjoyed the wide and deep intellectual life of this city of coffeehouses and tolerance. Later (but before the storm) there was the Vienna Circle, which courted Wittgenstein and excluded Popper. (Or did he exclude himself?)
This is a book about two great men who were both Viennese, intense, egotistical, brilliant, and contentious to a degree rarely seen. To each, every discussion bearing on philosophy became a contest that each had to win, and almost invariably did. Ironically, they never met until that night in 1946, in Cambridge, England, of all places. So it is also a book about philosophy in the 20th century that brings in G.E.Read more ›
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On October 25, 1946, at a meeting of the Moral Science Club at Cambridge University, England, there was a confrontation between two of the great twentieth-century philosophers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M.D. Kuehn
This was a light read, that could have benefitted by a bit more weight. The book goes deep into the background of the two sparring philosophers, delving into the social and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bruce Huttner
As much depth and detail one could ever ask for about the personal lives [and the lives of friends/relatives/loved-ones] of Wittgenstein & Popper.
Great book. Read more
This is a well-written book about a showdown at Cambridge University in 1946 between philosophers Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein, with the latter brandishing a fireplace poker... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Fry Boy
A major conflict in the history of science framed as a historical adventure and just as exciting. All philosophy should be this lucidly written!Published 19 months ago by traveler
The protagonists in this brief book, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper, were philosophers who differed substantially in what each thought philosophy was about. Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. Griffith
I bought this book and read it after hearing former President Bill Clinton talk about it, and he was right that it was an excellent, thought-provoking read! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dave
Very nice introduction to the philosophical ideas of Wittgenstein and Popper, and also the circumstances surrounding these ideas, all wrapped around one central incident that... Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by SidB
The selective memories of witnesses shroud the past in conflicting accounts of events. Wittgenstein's Poker is a credible attempt by two competent journalists to reconstruct a... Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Alan Lattanner