Ludwig Wittgenstein

1889 - 1951

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Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein ( VIT-gən-s(h)tyne; German: [ˈluːdvɪç ˈjoːzɛf 'joːhan ˈvɪtɡn̩ʃtaɪn]; 26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. From 1929 to 1947, Wittgenstein taught at the University of Cambridge. Despite his position, only one book of his philosophy was published during his entire life: the 75-page Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung (Logical-Philosophical Treatise, 1921), which appeared, together with an English translation, in 1922 under the Latin title Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig Wittgenstein has received more than 5,822,033 page views. His biography is available in 118 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 109 in 2019). Ludwig Wittgenstein is the 47th most popular philosopher (up from 48th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Austria (down from 11th in 2019) and the most popular Austrian Philosopher.

Ludwig Wittgenstein is most famous for his work in philosophy, particularly his theory of language and his work in the philosophy of mathematics.

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Over the past year Ludwig Wittgenstein has had the most page views in the with 751,836 views, followed by German (150,222), and Spanish (141,817). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Papiamentu (158,700.00%), Mongolian (297.73%), and Marathi (266.56%)


Among philosophers, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 47 out of 1,267Before him are Sun Tzu, Rajneesh, Laozi, Empedocles, Origen, and Protagoras. After him are John Amos Comenius, Lucretius, Hannah Arendt, Anaxagoras, Plotinus, and Michel Foucault.

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Among people born in 1889, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 4Before him are Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin, and Martin Heidegger. After him are António de Oliveira Salazar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Jean Cocteau, Edwin Hubble, Paul Karrer, Ante Pavelić, Anna Akhmatova, and Arnold J. Toynbee. Among people deceased in 1951, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 1After him are André Gide, Philippe Pétain, Ferdinand Porsche, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Arnold Schoenberg, Abdullah I of Jordan, Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, René Guénon, Arnold Sommerfeld, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, and Hermann Broch.

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Among people born in Austria, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 13 out of 1,424Before him are Franz Liszt (1811), Gustav Klimt (1862), Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947), Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma (1791), and Stefan Zweig (1881). After him are Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (1863), Erwin Schrödinger (1887), Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (1741), Karl Popper (1902), Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1459), and Alfred Adler (1870).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 1After him are Karl Popper (1902), Martin Buber (1878), Josef Breuer (1842), Paul Feyerabend (1924), Ivan Illich (1926), Otto Weininger (1880), Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757), André Gorz (1923), and Jean Améry (1912).