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Wittgenstein, Ludwig (1889-1951)  
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It was not until 1953, two years after his death, however, that this second work was published. Additional works by Wittgenstein, all published posthumously, include Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics (1956), The Blue and Brown Books (1958), and Notebooks 1914-1916 (1961).

While in Ireland Wittgenstein's health began to deteriorate, and in 1949 he was diagnosed with cancer. He continued to work on his ideas until a few days before his death, on April 29, 1951, at the age of 62. He is buried in St. Giles Churchyard, Cambridge.

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His Homosexuality

Ludwig Wittgenstein seems to have been uncomfortable with his homosexuality. Certainly, he was very secretive about his sexual interests and activities. His secretiveness is not altogether surprising, considering the fact that homosexuality was illegal in Austria and Britain during his lifetime. Therefore, details of his emotional and sexual life are sparse.

William W. Bartley first broached the subject of Wittgenstein's homosexuality in his 1973 biography and received considerable censure and disapproval from the philosophy establishment.

Apparently, in his student days in Vienna, Wittgenstein occasionally cruised the Prater, a large public park, where he met rough trade youths; he seems to have continued this activity later in England. However, Wittgenstein is also believed to have had long-term affairs with men of his own class, such as the philosopher Frank Ramsey and the architect Francis Skinner.

Craig Kaczorowski

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Bloor, David. Wittgenstein: A Social Theory of Knowledge. New York: Columbia University Press, 1983.

_____. Wittgenstein, Rules and Institutions. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Eldridge, Richard. Leading a Human Life: Wittgenstein, Intentionality, and Romanticism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Hacker, P. M. S. Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

_____. Wittgenstein's Place in Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy. Malden: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.

_____. Wittgenstein. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Heyes, Cressida. The Grammar of Politics: Wittgenstein and Political Philosophy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Kenny, Anthony, ed. The Wittgenstein Reader. Malden: Blackwell Publishers, 1994.

Monk, Ray. Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. New York: Free Press, 1990.

Pears, David. Ludwig Wittgenstein. New York: Viking Press, 1970.

Shields, Phillip R. Logic and Sin in the Writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Suter, Ronald. Interpreting Wittgenstein: A Cloud of Philosophy, a Drop of Grammar. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990.


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