Talk:Ludwig Wittgenstein

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What was Wittgenstein's nationality? The infobox says, very clearly, just Austrian. Editor Lehol seems to think he was "Austrian-born British". The topic was discussed before, in 2015. See Talk:Ludwig Wittgenstein/Archive 10#Austrian-British. There is no doubt he was born in Austria. I believe there is little doubt that he was still Austria when he became famous. The outstanding question seems to be if he relinquished his Austrian citizenship in 1939 when he acquired British citizenship. At the moment we now have a clear inconsistency in the article, between the text and the infobox, that alters what has been the agreed consensus for the past 4 years? This change was made with the edit summary "cleared up his origin". I don't think it clears up his origin at all. Martinevans123 (talk) 16:29, 11 March 2019 (UTC)

Current consensus for the existing "Austrian-British" seems to have been reached here on 26 May 2015. Martinevans123 (talk) 19:54, 11 March 2019 (UTC)

that’s a lie, it’s not a consensus. The whole problem in trying to make the Austrian philosopher a British was raised by you in 2015. The only person that agreed with you at that time seems to have been blocked since 2015... interesting to note, someone who had no editions at that time came to this page to agree with you and the same was blocked at that year and never came back... dear, stop it! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lehol (talkcontribs) 03:29, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
Consensus may change, of course. Although I don't see that any of the facts about Wittgenstein's life have changed since they were discussed 4 years ago. Perhaps you could outline here your reasons why you think "Austrian-born British" is preferable to "Austrian-British". Other interested editors can then comment. Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 17:00, 16 March 2019 (UTC) p.s. Try to sign your posts with four tildes like this: ~~~~

How many in family?Edit

The article states his parents had nine children, five boys and four girls, however it also states that three of the five brothers committed suicide...since this is an article about one of the boys shouldn't it read either "three of the four brothers committed suicide" or "three of the five boys committed suicide?" Historian932 (talk) 13:21, 2 January 2020 (UTC)

Ludwig was a boy. He was also a brother. The article currently says "three of his four brothers committed suicide", which seems entirely accurate (except that there is some uncertainty over Hans). But I'd agree that your suggested wording might be clearer. Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 16:21, 2 January 2020 (UTC)

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The given pronunciation for Wittgenstein's first name is German: [ˈluːtvɪç], which would be correct for current 'standard' German and more northern varieties. However, since he was born in present-day Austria, his own pronunciation would be German: [ˈluːtvɪk]. Should this be changed in the article? --Lajos vH (talk) 16:02, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

Maybe, but in the section about his school days it says that "he spoke an unusually pure form of High German". Favonian (talk) 16:12, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
Class may be the explanation. Errantius (talk) 00:51, 16 June 2020 (UTC)

A Polite SuggestionEdit

We need more emphasis on his philosophical content and tad bit less on his biography.

That is just a polite suggestion from me. TY. (talk) 02:03, 12 July 2020 (UTC)

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