[ vit-guh n-shtahyn, -stahyn ]
/ ˈvɪt gənˌʃtaɪn, -ˌstaɪn /


Lud·wig (Jo·sef Jo·hann) [loot-vikh yoh-zef yoh-hahn, lood-] /ˈlut vɪx ˈyoʊ zɛf ˈyoʊ hɑn, ˈlud-/, 1889–1951, Austrian philosopher.
Related formsWitt·gen·stein·i·an, adjective, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for wittgensteinian (1 of 2)


/ (ˈvɪtɡənˌʃtaɪnɪən, -ˌstaɪnɪən) /


(of a philosophical position or argument) derived from or related to the work of Wittgenstein and esp the later work in which he attacks essentialism and stresses the open texture and variety of use of ordinary language

British Dictionary definitions for wittgensteinian (2 of 2)


/ (ˈvɪtɡənˌʃtaɪn, -ˌstaɪn) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012