Posts Tagged ‘“In Our Time”’

Wittgenstein wanted to free us from the “fly bottle.”

April 15, 2011

When Stewart Brand said we are as gods, I don’t think he had Ludwig Wittgenstein in mind. But others did.

There is little doubt that Wittgenstein was a towering figure of the twentieth century; on his return to Cambridge in 1929 Maynard Keynes wrote, “Well, God has arrived. I met him on the 5:15 train”.

Wittgenstein is credited with being the greatest philosopher of the modern age, a thinker who left not one but two philosophies for his descendents to argue over… his purpose was to finally free humanity from the pointless and neurotic philosophical questing that plagues us all. As he put it, “To show the fly the way out of the fly bottle”… “In Our Time

And there’s lots more philosophy with Melvyn Bragg on the BBC.