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Book Review: Deconstructing Karl Kraus

Book Review: Deconstructing Karl Kraus

It has to be an event when a writer who is “arguably America’s greatest living novelist” (so says the dust jacket blurb) goes to great lengths to present a revered and particularly difficult Austrian author to an American reading public in a meticulously produced annotated dual-language edition.  The result is an unusual and unusually challenging […]

Campusviertel: Student Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

Campusviertel: Student  Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

The 8th District is (after the inner city) the smallest, richest and oldest of all the Vienna Bezirke – and that’s referring to the people not the buildings.  But the northern Grätzl is academics’ country – bounded by Alser Straße, Landesgerichtsstraße (a.k.a. Zweierlinie, the former route of the Nr. 2 tram, torn up more than […]

Ray Monk: Biographer For a New Age of Anxiety

Ray Monk: Biographer For a New Age of Anxiety

“He was difficult,” philosopher Ray Monk told me, as we sat over coffee at Café Landtmann talking about Ludwig Wittgenstein. “He knew how to please people – he grew up with impeccable manners – but he felt it was incompatible with the kind of person he wanted to be.  So later in life, he was […]

Book Review: Inside the Centre

Book Review: Inside the Centre

Is a man better understood through his work or through his personal relationships? Do we “get” Wittgenstein through his philosophy than through his life? Can we ever understand Shakespeare through his plays alone when we know so little of his life? Does a person’s character shine through in his work more than his letters to […]

Ray Monk first public appearance in Vienna

Ray Monk first public appearance in Vienna

Wittgenstein is considered the most influential philosopher of the 20th century and Prize-winning biographer Ray Monk will discuss the philosopher’s life-shaping studies at Cambridge University from 1911 to 1913. It was there that Wittgenstein began work on his definitive Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, which he finished writing as a soldier in the trenches of WWI. Wittgenstein returned to Cambridge […]

Book Review: The Duty of Genius

Book Review: The Duty of Genius

Assessing the life of a philosopher may be a writer’s greatest challenge – with few individuals do the spiritual and emotional realms play such a prominent role in moulding professional consequences. With that in mind, author Ray Monk sets off on a very specific quest in Ludwig Wittgenstein: Duty of Genius – to draw, where […]

Tradition and Vision at the Looshaus

The Looshaus on Michaelerplatz is the setting for a monthly series of talks and music entitled Dem Ton ein Wort, (A Word on Sound) addressing the words and ideas of the leading “craftsmen of modernism” Alfred Loos, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Arnold Schönberg. The series includes chamber music performed by prominent Viennese musicians to compliment the […]

Craftsmanship and Culture: Loos, Wittgenstein and Schönberg

Craftsmanship and Culture: Loos, Wittgenstein and Schönberg

The Looshaus in Vienna’s 1st District is the setting for a monthly series of talks and music entitled Dem Ton ein Wort, (A Word on Sound) addressing the word and ideas of the leading “craftsmen of modernism” Alfred Loos, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Arnold Schönberg, and including chamber music performed by some of Vienna’s musicians adds […]

Book Review: Deconstructing Ludwig Wittgenstein

Book Review: Deconstructing Ludwig Wittgenstein

Some 500 books have been written on Wittgenstein, far more than on analytic philosophy’s other co-founders, Frege, Russell and Moore. In Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy, Alain Badiou makes his own contribution to this “galactic mass of glosses”, and winks, “it would certainly be in bad taste on my part if I were not to declare… all books […]

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