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-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. He is considered to be one of the greatest philosophers of the modern era.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 relatively slim 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 4,135,999 page views. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 105 in 2019). Ludwig Wittgenstein is the 40th most popular philosopher (down from 38th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Austria (down from 10th 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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Among philosophers, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 40 out of 1,089Before him are Søren Kierkegaard, Auguste Comte, Sun Tzu, Plutarch, Al-Ghazali, and Michel de Montaigne. After him are Maria Montessori, Parmenides, Origen, Thomas More, Al-Farabi, 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, Jean Cocteau, Edwin Hubble, Jawaharlal Nehru, Ante Pavelić, Anna Akhmatova, Arnold J. Toynbee, and Vaslav Nijinsky. Among people deceased in 1951, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 1After him are André Gide, Philippe Pétain, Arnold Schoenberg, Ferdinand Porsche, 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 1,075Before him are Franz Schubert (1797), Marie Antoinette (1755), Maria Theresa (1717), Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830), Franz Liszt (1811), and Gustav Klimt (1862). After him are Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (1741), Stefan Zweig (1881), Karl Popper (1902), Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1459), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947), and Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (1863).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Ludwig Wittgenstein ranks 1After him are Karl Popper (1902), Emil Cioran (1911), Martin Buber (1878), Josef Breuer (1842), Paul Feyerabend (1924), Ivan Illich (1926), Otto Weininger (1880), Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), André Gorz (1923), and Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757).