News Bits

by Luke Muehlhauser on December 1, 2009 in News

Occasionally I’ll allow myself off-topic links, but only in these ‘News’ posts. Here is the first: my choices for the ‘Best Rock Albums of the Decade’.

Goodness! There is now a free audiobook for Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

This video is still just about the funniest damn thing I’ve ever seen.

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John D December 2, 2009 at 8:12 am

Listening the Tractatus must be a surreal experience. I might give it a try.


Lee A. P. December 2, 2009 at 10:11 am

Don’t the call the Internet Infidels “Free Though and Rational Discussion” or some junk now?

I like “Internet Infidels” much better.


Jeff H December 2, 2009 at 10:16 am

I might just have to get that audiobook. I read Philosophical Investigations not too long ago, and it continually blew my mind as I was reading it. Awesome stuff.


Bill Maher December 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

Wittgenstein was the man. That is not something I could imagine understanding without substantial philosophical training though. It is probably the most ambitious work in metaphysics ever. Ludwig claimed he “ended” metaphysics. Ironically, he later recanted and went against modernism.


John D December 2, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Jeff H: I might just have to get that audiobook. I read Philosophical Investigations not too long ago, and it continually blew my mind as I was reading it. Awesome stuff.  

The Tractatus is not quite as readable as Phil Investigations (which isn’t exactly Chick-lit either).

Listening to someone read out the numbered propositions, and sub-propositions, and sub-sub-propositions would, I imagine, be quite an aural chore.

In Wittgenstein’s favour is the fact that he managed to avoid the ‘publish or perish’ logic of modern academia. Wish I could do that.

I guess it would help if I was the son of a wealthy industrialist and if I found the modern-day equivalent of Bertrand Russell to be my mentor.


lukeprog December 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Lee A.P.,

You’re thinking of the forums. The website is still called “Internet Infidels” or “Secular Web.”


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