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  1. Lud·wig (Jo·sef Jo·hann) [loot-vikh-yoh-zef yoh-hahn, lood-], /ˈlut vɪx ˈyoʊ zɛf ˈyoʊ hɑn, ˈlud-/, 1889–1951, Austrian philosopher.

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/ (ˈvɪtɡənˌʃtaɪn, -ˌstaɪn) /

  1. Ludwig Josef Johann (ˈluːtvɪç ˈjoːzɛf joˈhan). 1889–1951, British philosopher, born in Austria. After studying with Bertrand Russell, he wrote the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), which explores the relationship of language to the world. He was a major influence on logical positivism but later repudiated this, and in Philosophical Investigations (1953) he argues that philosophical problems arise from insufficient attention to the variety of natural language use

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