Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paul Strathern
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 1 hour, 16 minutes
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If we accept Wittgenstein's word for it, he is the last philosopher. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished.
Ludwig Wittgenstein was a superb logician who distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to logic. All else-metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself-was excluded. "What we cannot speak about," he declared, "we must pass over in silence."
InĀ Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Wittgenstein's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Wittgenstein's work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Wittgenstein within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

Reviews (2)

With a friend like this ...

Written by Gary Jacobs on March 21st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

who needs an enemy? I got the feeling the writer did not like W. very much, to say the least. Still and all, it was funny in parts, intentionally so. I don't know how much a novice to the subject will come away with in this dismissive account of one of the most influential philosophers, oh, ever. Worth listening to, but don't let this be your only exposure to Wittgenstein.

Too much bio

Written by TK on June 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Too much bio, not enough about the philosophy. True of all 3 [Philosopher] in 90 Minutes books I tried. Guess I was expecting too much.

Author Details

Author Details

Strathern, Paul

Paul Strathern (1940-) is a British writer and academic. He was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. His novel A Season in Abyssinia won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1972. Besides five novels, he has also written numerous books on science, philosophy, history, literature, medicine and economics. He is the author of two successful series of short introductory books: Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists Who Changed the World. His book on the history of chemistry entitled Mendeleyev's Dream (2001) was short-listed for the Aventis Prize, and his works have been translated into over two dozen languages. He is the author of the best-selling 'The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance', and his most recent work 'Napoleon in Egypt' came out in May 2007.

Strathern was a lecturer at Kingston University where he taught philosophy and science. He lives in London, and has three grandchildren: Tristan, Julian and Opajoke.