[L] [blog] What Wittgenstein's Extended Family Thought of His Genius

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Sean Wilson <whoooo26505@xxxxxxxxx> updated What Wittgenstein's Extended Family 
Thought of His Genius:

 ... from, the House of Wittgenstein, A Family at War, by Alexander Waugh. (pp. 

 Regarding the sucess of the Tractatus, Waugh writes:

 "From these small beginnings was the great industry of Wittgenstein exegesis 
born. Thousands of books have since been written to explain the meaning of the 
Tractatus, each different from the last. Ludwig himself later disavowed parts 
of it in his posthumously published Philosophical Investigations, but still 
this brief, gnomic work of the First World War continues to give the 
philosophical world a great deal of gristle to chew upon and in this sense, at 
least, the influence of Wittgenstein the philosopher has been considerable.

 There were of course at that time (and still are, now) many doubters -- those 
who roll their eyes and mutter about "the Emperor's new clothes!"  Ludwig's 
uncles, aunts and extended family of Austrian cousins were among those who were 
the least impressed. Many of them were simply embarrassed by what they 
perceived to be his eccentric behavior and thought it perverse that he, the 
dupe of the family -- an elementary school teacher -- should be honored as a 
great philosopher abroad. 'Shaking their heads, they found it amusing that the 
world was taken in by the clown of their family, that THAT useless person had 
suddenly become famous and an intellectual giant in England."

 Dr. Sean Wilson, Esq.

 Source: The House of Wittgenstein. A Family at War 


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