Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is Ray Monk's biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most famous philosophers of the 20th Century. Wittgenstein was born in 1889 to one of the wealthiest families in Vienna, Austria, but from an early age felt drawn into pondering philosophical questions like, for instance, "Why should one tell the truth if it's to one's advantage to tell a lie?" Though drawn to philosophy, he first obtained a degree in aeronautics at the Technical University in Berlin and subsequently went to Manchester, England, to further his aeronautical studies. There he was introduced to Bertrand Russell's work in logic and mathematics and became increasingly obsessed with it. He later became Russell's protege at the famous University of Cambridge in England but grew to despise academic life and to seek isolation in rural environs instead to work out his own thoughts on the subjects that interested him.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   philosopher Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Scandinavia Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   in awe    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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