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Admired by philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud, Benjamin, and Wittgenstein, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) is known to the English-speaking world mostly as a satirist. An eminent experimental physicist and mathematician, Lichtenberg was knowledgeable about the philosophical views of his time, and interested in uncovering the philosophiAdmired by philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud, Benjamin, and Wittgenstein, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) is known to the English-speaking world mostly as a satirist. An eminent experimental physicist and mathematician, Lichtenberg was knowledgeable about the philosophical views of his time, and interested in uncovering the philosophical commitments that underlie our common beliefs. In his notebooks (which he called his Waste Books) he often reflects on, challenges, and critiques these philosophical commitments and the dominant views of the Enlightenment, German idealism, and British empiricism. This scholarly collection of Lichtenberg's philosophical aphorisms contains hundreds of trenchant observations drawn from these notebooks, many of which have been translated into English here for the first time. It also includes a historical and philosophical introduction to his writings, situating him in the history of philosophy and ideas, and is supplemented with a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and extensive introductory and textual notes explaining his references....

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ISBN : 9781438441979
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Number of Pages : 223 Pages
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  • James Klagge
    2018-12-27 17:20

    An 18th Century German not well known to contemporary English speakers. Best known for his critique of Descartes' "Cogito, ergo sum." Lichtenberg claimed that the assumption of "cogito" was already too much, b/c it assumed there was a thing doing the thinking. Better, he said, to start with only "there is thinking" or "it is thinking" (on analogy with "it is raining", where there is no assumption that someTHING is doing the raining). Much of Lichtenberg's writing was aphoristic. In this way he was an important influence on Wittgenstein, though not really for the substance of his views. This book collects the more interesting and philosophical among his aphorisms. Not as interesting as I was hoping.