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Ludwig Wittgenstein

1889 - 1951

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Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein ( VIT-gən-s(h)tyne; German: [ˈluːtvɪç 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. In spite of his position, during his entire life only one book of his philosophy was published, 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. His only other published works were an article, "Some Remarks on Logical Form" (1929); a book review; and a children's dictionary. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig Wittgenstein has received more than 5,570,459 page views. His biography is available in 109 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 108 in 2019). Ludwig Wittgenstein is the 47th most popular philosopher (down from 40th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Austria 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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Among philosophers, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 47 out of 1,081Before him are Maria Montessori, Sun Tzu, Plutarch, Michel de Montaigne, Origen, and Al-Farabi. After him are John Amos Comenius, Zeno of Elea, Empedocles, Karl Popper, Michel Foucault, and Hannah Arendt.

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

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Among people born in Austria, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 11 out of 1,237Before him are Joseph Haydn (1732), Marie Antoinette (1755), Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830), Maria Theresa (1717), Franz Liszt (1811), and Gustav Klimt (1862). After him are Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947), Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (1863), Karl Popper (1902), Stefan Zweig (1881), Erwin Schrödinger (1887), and Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1685).


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