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Wittgenstein's House: Language, Space, and Architecture Hardcover – Jul 29 2008

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press (July 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823228800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823228805
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
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aA strikingly brilliant and lucid piece of work. Last shows how Wittgensteinas entanglements of philosophy and architecture become the necessary prologue to his accomplishment in the Investigations. Wittgensteinas House takes what is often considered a marginal or extraneous interlude in his work and demonstrates how it in fact forms the indispensable pivot of a major reorientation in Wittgensteinas thought.a

. . . An interesting and thought-provoking work, one that adds to the corpus of writings on Wittgenstein's ideas about architecture and aesthetics.

...sheds light on the architectural experiences that led Wittgenstein from an account of language emanating from a...paranormal an interior view of language.-Christopher C. Robinson

A noteworthy synthesis of Wittgenstein's philosophy with the subject of architecture.

About the Author

Nana Last is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rice University.

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HASH(0xa2a5d570) out of 5 stars Indispensable book for those researching the house designed by Ludwig Wittgenstein. Dec 7 2013
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This is an excellent story of the house that sometime-philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein designed for his sister. It is one of three books that I have read about Ludwig Wittgenstein the person, as contrasted to a greater number of books on his philosophy. The house was begun by a professional architect, a family friend and a personal friend of Ludwig. Ludwig, known for his determination took over design responsibility and thereafter exerted complete, sometimes excessive, control. The house itself is pictured in bleak black and white photographs that very possibly fail to convey the sense of the house as it was experienced and lived in by Ludwig's sister. The book is of primary interest for those who study Ludwig Wittgenstein and for those, like this reviewer, who are interested in architecture. I give the book four stars because the pictures and their reproduction are no better than average quality, and because the author, in my view which is based on other reading, was not fully objective in her understanding of the central people involved and of the house itself.