Link to Wittgenstein’s Obituary

Simon van Rysewyk, author of Wittgenstein Forum, has very nicely uploaded a PDF of Wittgenstein’s Obituary.  You can see it here.

I’m glad that it didn’t focus too much on his philosophical ideas.  That is, it did describe his personal life to the extent that Wittgenstein was a religious man, in several ways.

One interesting distinction the obituary contained was of that between “school” and “method” of philosophy.  Doesn’t a new method of philosophy at the least motivate and at the most “is identical with” a new school of philosophy?  But then perhaps are we assuming that, for instance, Existentialism  has one characteristic method?

I’m not sure, but what I do know is that apparently a simple Obituary doesn’t fail to spark my philosophical curiosity where it concerns language games.

Kudos to Simon for that.


One thought on “Link to Wittgenstein’s Obituary

  1. Hi there,

    I am sure Wittgenstein would have hated the expression ‘school of philosophy’ being attributable to him. In the Preface of the Investigations, he mentions how his vanity was stung upon learning that the Blue and Brown Books were in circulation among his students at Cambridge. He appears overly sensitive about being imitated by others, which is why he would never have supported the founding of a school of philosophy in his name. Also, let’s not forget in this context his general disdain of academia.



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