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Wittgenstein's poker : the story of a ten-minute argument between two great philosophers

Author: David Edmonds; John Eidinow
Publisher: New York : Ecco, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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On October 25, 1946, in Cambridge, England, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper came face-to-face for the first and only time. The encounter lasted just ten minutes, and did not go well. Their loud and aggressive confrontation became the stuff of instant legend. Almost immediately, rumors spread around the world that the two great philosophers had come to blows, armed with red-hot pokers. Twenty years later, when  Read more...
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Named Person: Ludwig Wittgenstein; Karl R Popper; Karl R Popper; Ludwig Wittgenstein
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Edmonds; John Eidinow
ISBN: 0066212448 9780066212449 0060936649 9780060936648
OCLC Number: 48988526
Description: x, 340 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Contents: The Poker --
Memories Are Made of This --
Bewitchment --
Disciples --
The Third Man --
The Faculty --
A Viennese Whirl --
The Concerts in the Palais --
Once a Jew --
Popper Reads Mein Kampf --
Some Jew! --
Little Luki --
Death in Vienna --
Popper Circles the Circle --
Blowtorch --
Poor Little Rich Boy --
Trajectories of Success --
The Problem with Puzzles --
The Puzzle over Problems --
Slum Landlords and Pet Aversions --
Poker Plus --
Clearing up the Muddle --
All Shall Have Prizes.
Responsibility: David Edmonds and John Eidinow.
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On October 25, 1946, in Cambridge, England, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper came face-to-face for the first and only time. The encounter lasted just ten minutes, and did not go well. Their loud and aggressive confrontation became the stuff of instant legend. Almost immediately, rumors spread around the world that the two great philosophers had come to blows, armed with red-hot pokers. Twenty years later, when Popper wrote an account of the incident, he portrayed himself as the victor, provoking intense disagreement. Everyone present seems to have remembered events differently. What really happened in those ten minutes? And what does the violence of this brief exchange tell us about these two men, modern philosophy, and the significance of language in solving our philosophical problems? Wittgenstein's poker is an engaging mix of philosophy, history, biography, and literary detection.

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