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4.0 out of 5 stars PLEASANT LIGHT READING FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN POPPER OR WITTGENSTEIN, 16 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: Wittgenstein's Poker (Paperback)
I studied philosophy of science at the LSE so I'm interested in Popper, Professor John Watkins, the LSE .... and Wittgenstein because of his reputation and "charisma". I have read various books about Wittgenstein and Poppers' main texts.

I enjoyed Wittgenstein's Poker because it touches upon so many topics that are hot buttons for me, eg what is philosophy, induction, falsification, the boundaries between science and metaphysics and between sense and nonsense, whether linguistic philosophy is a blind alley, whether Popper and Wittgenstein were great philosophers? The issues are explored against a contrived background ie the only time Popper and Wittgenstein met (October 25th 1946).

I think the book is more a light detective story for those with a taste for philosophy, briefly sketching the work and characters of each man, .... than it is a serious book about philosophy or intellectual history. The book is well-written (at times it began to take my breathe away with it's eloquent clarity), but it doesn't cover new ground or delve very deeply, and I don't believe that the meeting in Cambridge is important (except as a story-telling device).

For the reviewer who thought the book could be used for a film, I recommend "The House of Wittgenstein" which I found deeper and with a majestic sweeping backdrop. I had thought that IT might make a good film (though where's the female love interest).
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