A talk given at the Barnes Philosophy Club, September 2014. Thanks to everyone who came along, and asked such insightful questions.
“Did two Austrian logicians really come close to blows over the nature of philosophy? At the Cambridge Moral Sciences Club in 1946, Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein had a brief but heated argument about whether philosophical problems really exist. But what did they mean, and why did it matter? Though accounts of the meeting are hotly contested, Popper’s wide-ranging work on science and politics reveals a passionate commitment to rational discussion and a rejection of all forms of mysticism, which placed him on a collision course with one of the most volatile and influential 20th century philosophers.”