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After the recommendation of a colleague, I’ve recently finished reading Ray Monk’s biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Duty of Genius. It’s a brilliant synthesis of biography and philosophical exposition, and offers an important riposte to the stern idol that most people—naturally enough— make out of Wittgenstein after reading his philosophy. I loved finding out about Wittgenstein’s fondness for Westerns, pulp detective magazines and terrible puns, and Monk’s measured integration of this with his profound love of culture (classical music, above all) and equally profound despair in the face of much of modernity.…

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