7 Feb: The Young Wittgenstein

One of the twentieth century’s greatest philosophers, Wittgenstein published only one book. To celebrate its centenary, we revisit Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. An unusual work of philosophy by any standard, it was written on the front lines during World War I and purported to distinguish sense from nonsense. Wittgenstein felt that in the Tractatus he had solved all the problems of philosophy. Appropriately, once finished writing the book, he abandoned philosophy, only returning years later to focus on ordinary language and its philosophical potential. In this panel, we take a look back at the man, his early life and work, and consider why his thinking has been of such enduring interest.

6 – 8 pm at 14 Gordon Square, in association with the Forum.

Speakers

Miles Hollingworth
Author of Inventing Socrates, and a forthcoming book on Wittgenstein

Stephen Mulhall
Professor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Chon Tejedor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Valencia
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire

Chair

Clare Moriarty
Fellow, The Forum