Saturday, April 05, 2008

Griffin, Nicholas. "Review of Gregory Landini's WITTGENSTEIN'S APPRENTICESHIP WITH RUSSELL." NDPR April 4, 2008.

Landini, Gregory. Wittgenstein's Apprenticeship with Russell. Cambridge: CUP, 2007. The prevailing consensus about the early Wittgenstein is that, around 1913, having learnt everything Russell had to teach him, he turned his back on Russell's philosophy -- on Russell's problems, as well as his solutions to them -- and set off in his own direction to land up, eventually, with the Tractatus. Where he landed up, we are not quite sure -- for there is absolutely no consensus about how the Tractatus should be understood -- but most commentators do agree that it was a place far from Russell; a position so remote from Russell that Russell's own work was essentially irrelevant to it and that Russell himself failed utterly to understand it. This view is forcefully controverted in almost every detail by Landini's new book. . . . Read the whole review here:

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