Wittgenstein, the mysteries of words and their paradoxes – El Tiempo

Louis Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian thinker.

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s life is as unique and mysterious as his work, which still burns in the eyes of scholars trying to uncover the subsequent meaning of his statements.

He was born in Vienna in 1889 into the wealthy group of an Austrian industrialist; Like his brothers, he had to face the dictatorship of his father, who wanted all his children to study industrial engineering like him, unfortunately without success. Two of Ludwig’s older brothers, Hans, a musician, and Rudolf, a theater man, took their destinies into their own hands against their father’s plans. They both committed suicide.

Vienna throbbed like the epicenter of intellectuals. His sister, gifted with great musical talent, was at the center of family gatherings, attended by Brahms, Mahler, Richard Strauss, among others.

Ludwig studied mechanical engineering. Without abduction, his passion for philosophy and mathematics took him to Cambridge (England) where, at the age of 22, he began training with the famous mathematician and naturalist Bertrand Russell, who intended to direct his thinking towards a world of rigor which undoubtedly raises the metaphysical concerns of the philosophers who preceded him.


“What can be insured must be clearly stated; It is better to silence what is not whispered.


After Cambridge, at the outbreak of the First World Crusade, Wittgenstein returned to Austria in 1914, rejoined the ranks of his country and remained in Italian captivity from 1917 to 1919. At that time he wrote the only work he published of his alive, Tractatus logico. -philosophical. In this frieze the boom that accompanied him until his assassination in Cambridge in 1951: this work represents the so-called first Wittgenstein, whose content revolutionized thought.

The first issue, which he called “Pirate” because of the many errors it contained, was first published in the following issue of a philosophy magazine. Publishing it in a collection was an arduous task which did not discourage him, but he did so in England in 1922 with the help of Russell, at a time when he was becoming skilled.
The second year of his work entitled “Philosophical Investigations”, in which he repeats and in many cases contradicts what was said in the first, has not been published.

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