chapter  11
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Ludwig Wittgenstein

Brilliant, intense, socially inept, and preoccupied with his sins, Wittgenstein continues to nourish our appetite for tales of tortured genius.2 Likewise, his fragmented, agonistic prose has generated considerable literary interest. Nevertheless, these biographical and stylistic peculiarities are not without philosophical import, for they re ect the awkward terrain of his “long and involved journeyings.”3 Wittgenstein’s various journeyings have, of course, impacted

1. Isaiah Berlin, e Crooked Timber of Humanity, Henry Hardy (ed.) (London: John Murray, 1990), 80.