Ludwig Wittgenstein

General Manager

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Born: April 26, 1889 - Died: April 29, 1951


Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein, born in Vienna, attended the same school as Adolf Hitler, at the same time. Ludwig attended the Realschule in Linz from 1903-1906, and Hitler matriculated from 1904-1905. Later he studied mechanical engineering in Berlin and did aeronautical research in Manchester, England. In 1911 he studied mathematical logic with Bertrand Russell at Cambridge.

When World War One started, Wittgenstein joined the Austrian army and was posted on the russian front, and then, in northern Italy. He was in a prisoner-of-war camp until 1919. After getting out of prison, Wittgenstein gave away his substantial inheritance and went to teach in rural Austria. By 1929, he returned to Cambridge where he remained until 1947. During World War Two he served in a hospital.

As for his influence in the field of philosophy, the following quotes will suffice:

[Wittgenstein] was undoubtedly the most charismatic figure of 20th-century philosophy, living and writing with a power and intensity thst frequently overwhelmed his contemporaries and readers. Bjorn's Guide to Philosophy
[Wittgenstein] was one of the most original and influential philosophers of the 20th century. Grolier Encyclopedia
Wittgenstein's first published work Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), attempted to uncover a logical form of thought. The chaos of language had to be sterilized, neutralized, made clear and unambiguous. Although the theories developed in this work were later revised and rejected in the later Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein's work did to classical philosophy what Copernicus did to classical science. The classics, so to speak, were rendered nonsense by both.

An interesting team note: Wittgenstein reportedly had argued at lectures in Cambridge in 1939 with the mathematician Alan Turing. However, it was Wittgenstein, in his capacity as General Manager who went out and signed Turing for the 1995 season.


YEAR  TEAM              ERA     IP  Won     Lost    Win Pct     SO
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Wittgenstein, Ludwig

Cosmic Playing Record
1983  Ionians           4.79     62      3       1   .750         25
1985  Ionians           3.52     92      4       6   .400         59

           TOTALS       4.16    154      7       7   .575         84

Cosmic Coaching
1987	Ionian Pitching Coach
1989	Ionian Pitching Coach
1990	Ionian Pitching Coach
1991	Ionian Pitching Coach

Wittgenstein was named General Manager in 1992

The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen

1994 Lecture Notes: Wittgenstein

Brian Carver's Wittgenstein Website

Wittgenstein Think Page

Welcome to Wittgenstein and his Children.

Tractatus of the Day

Wittgenstein and Scientific Knowledge

Wittgenstein and the Cub Scouts

Wittgenstein and Hypertext

The Little Wittgenstein Shrine

Grolier Encyclopedia Bio of Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein's Confessions

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Published: April 29, 1996
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