marc asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What was Wittgenstein's greatest contribution to the field of philosophy?

When Wittgenstein's ideas are translated into untechnical everyday language, his ideas seem to lack profundity. When his ideas are left in his own words, his ideas seem impenetable? So, on what exactly does his fame rest?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I admire anyone who understands Wittgenstein's theories. but it seems that there are those who do and they say that he is considered by some to be the greatest philosopher of the 20th century, Ludwig Wittgenstein played a central, if controversial, role in 20th-century analytic philosophy. He continues to influence current philosophical thought in topics as diverse as logic and language, perception and intention, ethics and religion, aesthetics and culture. There are two commonly recognized stages of Wittgenstein's thought — the early and the later — both of which are taken to be pivotal in their respective periods. The early Wittgenstein is epitomized in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. By showing the application of modern logic to metaphysics, via language, he provided new insights into the relations between world, thought and language and thereby into the nature of philosophy. It is the later Wittgenstein, mostly recognized in the Philosophical Investigations, who took the more revolutionary step in critiquing all of traditional philosophy including its climax in his own early work. The nature of his new philosophy is heralded as anti-systematic through and through, yet still conducive to genuine philosophical understanding of traditional problems

    http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/wittgenstein/

    Wittgenstein has had a great influence on modern philosophy. The Tractatus had its greatest influence on logical positivism. Few modern analytic philosophers accept his views that the whole object of philosophy is to banish puzzlement, but few dispute that among analytic philosophers he stands out as an original philosophical genius.

    http://www.island-of-freedom.com/WITTGEN.HTM

    So it seems that his early philosophy states that the world consists entirely of independent, simple facts out of which complex ones are constructed. Language has as its purpose the stating of facts by picturing these facts. Thus an informative statement pictures a state of affairs as a sketch pictures furniture in a room. The nature of the picturing relationship cannot be stated because it is not a fact or an object, it can only be shown.

    His ideas were unique in a sense that no one before him

    had this theory and even though I do not understand I think its a new paradigm and always when a new paradigm is presented to the world we are all at awe.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    His noodly appendage. Anyone who argued against him, he would whip it put and hit them over the head with it.

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