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Wittgenstein

Narrated by: Ken Maxon
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Classics, Non-Fiction
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Publisher's Summary

Wittgenstein presents a concise, comprehensive, and systematic treatment of Ludwig Wittgenstein's thought from his early work Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus to the posthumous publication of On Certainty, notes written just prior to his death.

  • A substantial scholarly addition to our understanding of one of the most original and influential thinkers of the 20th century, by renowned Wittgenstein scholar Hans Sluga
  • Proposes an original new interpretation of Wittgenstein's work
  • Written to also be accessible to listeners unfamiliar with Wittgenstein's thought
  • Includes discussion of the social and political background and contemporary relevance of Wittgenstein's thoughts
©2011 Hans Sluga (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • Leonardo
  • 22-11-2017

Much better than the Very Short Introduction

This book is excellent if you wanna dig into Wittgenstein's thought. The Very Short Introduction on Wittgenstein is not great.

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  • Jimwiernick
  • 22-03-2016

Excellent -Expanded my view

Would have given 5 stars-narration was bit bland, good if you are going to sleep.

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  • Someone is Wrong on the Internet
  • 31-07-2019

Kind of a meh summary of Wittgenstein's work

this helps to explain some stuff in Wittgenstein, but generally I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless you're trying to cover all the major interpretations of him.

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  • Real Talk
  • 24-05-2018

I’m grateful for this

I will buy any academic philosophy book turned into audio. They need to make more of these.

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  • RQ
  • 30-03-2016

Foucalled and Cant?

Where does Wittgenstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ken Maxon would be better off selling self help books.

The text is pretty good though because its mostly just quoting Wittgenstein.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cant

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ken Maxon?

Foucalled

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

both

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  • L. M. Atnip
  • 26-06-2017

Useful treatment, absurdly bad reading

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ken Maxon?

Someone who had at least a passing familiarity with philosophy, and so could pronounce "idealism," "Kant," "solipsism," "Frege"...or at least someone capable of reading ("casual" instead of "causal," failure to grasp the syntax of sentences...I could go on...).

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  • Kris
  • 02-06-2013

very bad narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is the worst narrator I have come across..Iwouls like to return this audio book.

What didn’t you like about Ken Maxon’s performance?

His voice is contorted and very disturbing. It is not smooth...

Any additional comments?

I am rating this ONLY based on the Narrator. Not the book (unfortunately). I have therefore given 3stars to "Story" to be fair.

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  • Hibsboy
  • 02-04-2015

Narration is painful.

What disappointed you about Wittgenstein?

It is very difficult to concentrate on the argument when the narration is this bad. Thee naray. Torsounds like ay. Com, puter.

Has Wittgenstein put you off other books in this genre?

No, but certainly books narrated by Ken Maxon.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator killed the book. Really sounded like a computer-generated voice. And a bad one at that.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Worth a read if you're interested in Wittgenstein or analytic philosophy. Definitely not worth a listen.

Any additional comments?

Listen to a sample first!

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