My interests in perhaps the most important philosopher of the 20th C #Wittgenstein have been rather episodic and fleeting over time starting with my confused response to reading the Tractatus as an undergrad 1/ Image
Then reading Ernest Gellner’s critical take as a doctoral student was refreshing - and increasingly realising that #Wittgenstein on langage games, family ressemblances, and the possibilities of psychology, metaphysics, culture and even mysticism 2/ Image
Then in 99 I first came across #Wittgenstein in #Persian at the #Tehran book fair and began to be interested in the reception of modern philosophy in #Iran 3/ Image
And then most recently taking part in a conference on the ‘interfaith’ #Wittgenstein at the kind invitation of Gorazd Andrejć though I didn’t finalise my paper - on a convo between W and mysticisms in #Islam - for the published book 4/ Image
At some point #Wittgenstein becomes attractive and a rich source for reflection - what will follow is a thread on his thought and reception in #Iran and in #Persian 5/

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