Intellectual Loses Forest, Probably For Trees



Chris lives in Austin, TX, where he once shook Willie Nelson's hand.

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  1. Avatar veronica d says:

    How do we know that Wittgenstein’s name has been freed from exile and not some other word that happens to be spelled the same?Report

  2. Avatar Rose Woodhouse says:

    Thanks for posting this! Anyone who is interested in Wittgenstein, Ray Monk’s biography of him is just great. He comes off just as he does in this anecdote (which I don’t remember from the bio) as overprecise, controlling ass, but fascinating one. Monk’s 2-volume biography of Bertrand Russell is even better, I think.Report

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    You can read the whole Camus essay that Maribou and I were referencing here, though unfortunately in white text on a black background. The quote we were referencing — “In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer” — occurs at the end of the 4th to last paragraph.

    Here it is in the original Surrender Monkey language.Report

  4. Avatar Guy says:

    Huh. Reminds me of the story of another Ludwig, this one Boltzmann, 30-40 years earlier.

    Famous for his enthusiasm in teaching, conflicts over his work combined with his apparent bipolar disorder eventually drove him to suicide.Report

  5. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    I was not aware that Wittgenstein was one of those things that we could not talk about and had to pass over in silence…

    Glad the topic is reopened though!Report

  6. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Thanks for writing this Chris. Couple of things struck me. One is I know a super-smart guy – PhD in physics from Stanford, IT world-saver smartest guy in the room type – who designed his own home, currently under construction. He’s made electricians move already-installed light switches/boxes because they were an 1/8th of an inch off spec. He’s had carpenters remove, cut down and rebuild already built and installed cabinets because they extended 1/2 and inch past spec. The list goes on and on. He then complains to the subs that he’s running out of money even tho they bid the work within budget…. People!!!

    The other is that on the river trip I was just on we spent half an hour discussing LVW’s theory of language around the campfire deep in a desert canyon one night at camp. Which is sorta bizarre if you think about it, but pretty dang cool, too.

    More LVW posts please!Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      LOL. Luckily my friend the braniac isn’t quite that crazy. He just manages to pull off the impossible…Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      Ask your friend how long he spent on the door handles.

      Also, sounds like a pretty nice camping trip.

      While I’m thinking about it, here’s one more Wittgenstein link, Russell on Wittgenstein:

      View on YouTubeReport