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Listening to the past December 6, 2009

Posted by Andy in Idea History, philosophy, theology.
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I feel duty bound to share the information that some wonderful people have seen fit to record complete readings of two of the most elegantly written books in Western philosophy, namely Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Augustine’s Confessions.

These two books are examples of how well humans can think. I have at times attempted to emulate their style, and failed drastically. It takes more than a mere decision. They are also models that demonstrate the principle that style and content can not be separated.

Cheers Librivox!

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1. Gorazd - September 18, 2010

Thanks for sharing this. I would like to hear Philosophical Investigation even better than Tractatus though.

By the way: why have you stopped with your blog? Good topics!

2. Andy - September 18, 2010

Yes, I think the Investigations would really lend themselves to a good and informed reading. It is even a part of the style: I can see Wittgenstein reading out the paragraphs of the Investigations, but the Tractatus was definitely meant to be read, like a script.

I found the Confessions reading to be excellent at most points. But I should confess that I haven’t listened to the Tractatus yet, as I’ve been distracted by Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, and William James’ Varieties of Religious Experience.

If I get time again soon, I shall post again, but I have recently been switching eras, and spending more time thinking about earnings than about what matters. Thanks for the nudge – there may be more to be said. I am, not, therefore, of the opinion that the problems have in essentials been finally solved! 😉


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