Wittgensteins Poker: The Story of aTen-Minute Argument Between TwoGreat Philosophers by John Eidinow
On October 25, 1946, in a crowded room in Cambridge, England, the greattwentieth-century philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper cameface to face for the first and only time. The meeting -- which lasted tenminutes -- did not go well. Their loud and aggressive confrontation becamethe stuff of instant legend, but precisely what happened during that briefconfrontation remained for decades the subject of intensedisagreement.An engaging mix of philosophy, history, biography, andliterary detection, Wittgensteins Poker explores, through thePopper/Wittgenstein confrontation, the history of philosophy in thetwentieth century. It evokes the tumult of fin-de-siécle Vienna, Wittgenteinsand Poppers birthplace; the tragedy of the Nazi takeover of Austria; andpostwar Cambridge University, with its eccentric set of philosophy dons,including Bertrand Russell. At the center of the story stand the two giantsof philosophy themselves -- proud, irascible, larger than life -- and spoilingfor a fight.Features:* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping PricesThis is a fascinating read of a supposed ten-minute exchange between twogreat philosophers. One wanted to contest the gist of philosophy beingpuzzles, the other a defense of such. In this verbal sparring thatsupposedly went on at a university moral society club meeting, whatactually occurred in this ten minutes has been under dispute ever since.The authors do a fine job of providing background for the reader to getcaught up in this debate, providing backgrounds of lifes of the twoinvolved, Wittgenstein and Popper, as well as other influential thinkersthere that day, as well as academic setting, etc.