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Humanities 2015, 4(4), 924-937; doi:10.3390/h4040924

Wittgenstein, Marx, and Marxism: Some Historical Connections

Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 141, 1012 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Academic Editor: Albrecht Classen
Received: 19 November 2015 / Revised: 30 November 2015 / Accepted: 1 December 2015 / Published: 4 December 2015
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The present article aims at highlighting the connections that can be drawn between Wittgenstein and Marx(ism) from a historical point of view, through developing a synoptic account of the available relevant historical and biographical data. Starting with a discussion of Wittgenstein’s relation to the Italian Marxist economist Piero Sraffa, it then moves to a presentation of Wittgenstein’s broader circle of Marxist friends. Our account continues and concludes by examining and comparing Wittgenstein’s stance towards the Two World Wars and Stalin’s U.S.S.R. The approach developed in this article not only challenges the widespread image of Wittgenstein as a philosopher indifferent to issues of a political nature. It also traces Marxism as a significant aspect of the context in which Wittgenstein’s philosophy, and particularly its later phase, was developed. View Full-Text
Keywords: Wittgenstein; Marx; Marxism; Sraffa; intellectual context Wittgenstein; Marx; Marxism; Sraffa; intellectual context
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Gakis, D. Wittgenstein, Marx, and Marxism: Some Historical Connections. Humanities 2015, 4, 924-937.

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