Wittgenstein's Poker : The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers (Paperback)

Author: Edmonds, David

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A captivating blend of philosophy, history, biography, and literary detection brings to life the meeting of two great philosophers--Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper--on October 25, 1946 in Cambridge, England, who had an intense disagreement that erupted in much speculation. Reprint. *Author: Edmonds, David/ Eidinow, John *Subtitle: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers *Publication Date: 2002/09/01 *Number of Pages: 288 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.25

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060936648
SKU 30979082
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060936649
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7.25H x 5.25L x 1T
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"This book forensically reconstructs a spirited intellectual battle between two heavyweights, divided by their common Viennese Jewish background. Wittgenstein tended to boil everything down to language games, whereas Popper was more concerned about the impact of bad ideas on the world. There is a genuine schism of methodology and world view here, dramatized by a personality and culture clash."
"No matter how furious the flap, a 10-minute episode could not ordinarily be stretched to assume book-length proportions. But he author's ingenuity is way beyond ordinary. In WITTGENSTEIN'S POKER, this small, highly charged event is made to fan out vigorously until it includes matters form the history of 20th-century philosophy to the plight of assimilated Jews in Hitler's Vienna to precisely what Wittgenstein ate on Oct. 25: the last of some tomato sandwiches from Woolworth's."
"The writing throughout is fluent and the anecdotes are often nicely chosen. But readers who are curious about one of these subjects will, I would guess, turn quickly to the bibliography."
"It's a terrific book, a fuguelike account of everything we know and don't know about a ten-minute squabble...."
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Editors Note A captivating blend of philosophy, history, biography, and literary detection brings to life the meeting of two great philosophers--Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper--on October 25, 1946 in Cambridge, England, who had an intense disagreement that erupted in much speculation. Reprint.
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Number of Pages 0352
Publisher Harper Perennial

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