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Friday, December 6, 2019

Thoughts on Wittgenstein’s Legacy

Wittgenstein is described by scholars as a profound, brilliant, and the most influential philosopher of the 20th century, by why should we believe that he is of greater importance than philosophers like Edmund Husserl, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre? These philosophers were Wittgenstein’s contemporaries but none of them cared to use his theories in their own philosophy. Russell and Moore have praised Wittgenstein, but they never made use of his philosophy; they disagreed with him on almost everything. I find it puzzling that Wittgenstein is still relevant to philosophers when all his philosophical claims were rejected in his lifetime.

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