Posted: February 15th, 2021
Wittgenstein hated living and working at Cambridge University. He especially didn’t like the constant chatter about ethics and politics that is associated with college life, both back then and today. Whenever he could, he would leave to faraway places: a fjord in Norway, a cottage in western Ireland, and so on.
Both of these tendencies sharply contrast with Plato’s depiction of Socrates — he loved to talk about ethics and politics, and he never left Athens. How would Plato respond to Wittgenstein’s view of philosophy? Write a paper imagining how Socrates would respond to Wittgenstein’s behavior: pretend that they somehow met and spoke the same language.
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