Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

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Random House, Mar 31, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages
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'Monk's energetic enterprise is remarkable for the interweaving of the philosophical and the emotional aspects of Wittgenstein's life' Sunday Times

'Ray Monk's reconnection of Wittgenstein's philosophy with his life triumphantly carries out the Wittgensteinian task of "changing the aspect" of Wittgenstein's work, getting us to see it in a new way' Sunday Telegraph

'This biography transforms Wittgenstein into a human being' Independent on Sunday

'It is much to be recommended' Observer

'Monk's biography is deeply intelligent, generous to the ordinary reader... It is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful life' Guardian

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I'm through the First World War. Ludwig strikes me as a case of arrested social development. "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." But it seems that silence applies only to words; to ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Ray Monk is also the author of Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude and Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Centre. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

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