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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-09-07 01:58 PM
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263. Wittgenstein on Popper
The Philosophical Poker

The two met at Cambridge in 1946. The encounter is the stuff of legend. Wittgenstein distinguished Professor at Cambridge, became enraged at what he saw as dissembling by Popper. Depending on the version you accept, Wittgenstein picked up a hot poker form a fire place and waved it in front of Popper to make his point; or threw it at Popper; or threw it down in disgust and left. In any event, that was the comment by the preeminent philosopher of the 20th century on Popper, the visiting "Reader in Logic" up for a visit form the London School of Economics. According to one anonymous or apocryphal observer, while Wittgenstein made his point clearly, he missed the opportunity use one of his best lines referring to metaphysical philosophy: "It's all shit!"
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