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

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On October 25, 1946, in a crowded room in Cambridge, England, the great twentieth-century philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper came face to face for the first and only time. The meeting — which lasted ten minutes — did not go well. Their loud and aggressive confrontation became the stuff of instant legend, but precisely what happened during that brief confrontation remained for decades the subject of intense disagreement.

An engaging mix of philosophy, history, biography, and literary detection, Wittgenstein's Poker explores, through the Popper/Wittgenstein confrontation, the history of philosophy in the twentieth century. It evokes the tumult of fin-de-siécle Vienna, Wittgentein's and Popper's birthplace; the tragedy of the Nazi takeover of Austria; and postwar Cambridge University, with its eccentric set of philosophy dons, including Bertrand Russell. At the center of the story stand the two giants of philosophy themselves — proud, irascible, larger than life — and spoiling for a fight.

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"Wittgenstein's Poker" is an engaging mix of philosophy, history, biography, and literary detection. The hardcover edition was a bestseller, named the No. 1 book on the" San Francisco Chronicle" and the "Boston Globe" bestseller lists.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-327) and index.

About the Author

David Edmonds is an award-winning journalists with the BBC. This book, his first, has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060936648
Author:
David Edmonds and John Eidinow
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by David Edmonds and John Eidinow
Author:
Edmonds, David
Author:
Eidinow, John
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
Philosophers, Modern.
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Ecco pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
107-597
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.30x5.30x.90 in. .59 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Ecco (HarperCollins) - English 9780060936648 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Wittgenstein's Poker" is an engaging mix of philosophy, history, biography, and literary detection. The hardcover edition was a bestseller, named the No. 1 book on the" San Francisco Chronicle" and the "Boston Globe" bestseller lists.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-327) and index.
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