Wittgenstein, Ludwig

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Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was a British-Austrian philosopher, widely considered one of most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. His early work played a significant role in twentieth-century logical positivism while his later work has been a main methodological influence in the works of key social theorists such as Pierre Bourdieu, Jürgen Habermas, and Anthony Giddens. The entry briefly describes Wittgenstein's philosophy and summarizes his overall influence within social theory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory
EditorsBryan S. Turner, Chang Kyung-Sup, Cynthia F. Epstein, Peter Kivisto, J. Michael Ryan, William Outhwaite
Number of pages3
Place of PublicationCheltenham
Publication date4 Dec 2017
ISBN (Print)9781118430866
ISBN (Electronic)9781118430873
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017
SeriesWiley Blackwell Encyclopedias in Social Sciences


  • Forms of life
  • Language games
  • Philosophy of social science
  • Social theory
  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig

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