Wittgenstein, Ludwig

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Wittgenstein, Ludwig Gender: M
Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein
born on 26 April 1889 at 20:30 (= 8:30 PM )
Place Vienna, Austria, 48n13, 16e20
Timezone LMT m16e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 06°43' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 28°50 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 22°53'

Alternative birthtime
from Monk biography
Date 26 April 1889 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Vienna, AUS, 48n13, 16e20
Timezone LMT m16e20 (is local mean time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 06°37' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 27°30 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 25°31'

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Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. From 1929 to 1947, Wittgenstein taught at the University of Cambridge. During his lifetime he published just one slim book, the 75-page Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), one article, one book review and a children's dictionary. His voluminous manuscripts were edited and published posthumously. Philosophical Investigations appeared as a book in 1953, and has since come to be recognised as one of the most important works of philosophy in the 20th century. His teacher, Bertrand Russell, described Wittgenstein as "the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived; passionate, profound, intense, and dominating".

Born into one of Europe's richest families, he inherited a fortune from his father in 1913. He initially made some donations to artists and writers, and then, in a period of severe personal depression after the First World War, he gave away his entire fortune to his brothers and sisters. Three of his brothers committed suicide, which Wittgenstein had also contemplated. He left academia several times—serving as an officer on the front line during World War I, where he was decorated a number of times for his courage; teaching in schools in remote Austrian villages where he encountered controversy for hitting children when they made mistakes in mathematics; and working as a hospital porter during World War II in London, where he told patients not to take the drugs they were prescribed while largely managing to keep secret the fact that he was one of the world's most famous philosophers. He described philosophy as "the only work that gives me real satisfaction".

Wittgenstein had romantic relations with both men and women. He is generally believed to have fallen in love with at least three men, and had a relationship with the latter two: David Hume Pinsent in 1912, Francis Skinner in 1930, and Ben Richards in the late 1940s. He later revealed that, as a teenager in Vienna, he had had an affair with a woman. Additionally, in the 1920s Wittgenstein fell in love with a young Swiss woman, Marguerite Respinger, modelling a sculpture of her and proposing marriage, albeit on condition that they would not have children.

Wittgenstein died on 29 April 1951, aged 62 in Cambridge, England.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Sraffa, Piero (born 5 August 1898). Notes: Cafeteria group members
  • compare to chart of Bourdieu, Pierre (born 1 August 1930). Notes: influenced by him


  • Death by Disease 29 April 1951 at 12:00 midnight in Cambridge (Cancer, age 62 plus three days)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Felipe Ferreira quotes Wittgenstein, A Life by Brian McGuinness (University of California, 1988), p. 24, with a time of 8:30 pm. Sy Scholfield quotes same time given in Wittgenstein in Vienna: A Biographical Excursion Through the City and its History by Allan S. Janik and Hans Veigl (Springer, 1998), p. 149: "At 8:30 p.m. Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was born in his parents' summer residence in Neuwaldegg on the silent edge of the Vienna Woods."

Another biography, Wittgenstein, the Duty of Genius by Ray Monk, gives a time of 18:00. Mike Harding wrote to Monk to learn the source of the time. Monk replied "I'm afraid I've never seen LW's birth certificate. I have a feeling it must be possible to get a copy of it, but I have never looked into it. The time of 6.00 (pm) in my book cannot, alas, be 100% relied upon."


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (PhD)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Prostate, bone marrow)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (One of Europe's richest families)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Youngest of nine)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Inheritance
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Austria to England)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Philosopher/ Humanist
  • Vocation : Military : Honors
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (WWI)
  • Vocation : Military : POW/ MIA (POW)
  • Vocation : Military : Wounded
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Reviewer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Philosopher and linguist)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Outdoor vocations (Gardener)