Monday, June 16, 2008

Trivial Philosophical Fact of the Day

Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Hayek were distant cousins.

According to the Friesian School website, "Wittgenstein's maternal grandmother was the sister of Hayek's maternal great-grandfather".

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

So W. and H. themselves were (I reckon) second cousins once removed.
Do I get a small but cherishable prize for working that out?

a very public sociologist said...

I suppose you know the one about Wittgenstein and Hitler being in the same class at school ...

Jonathan said...

By a remarkable coincidence that is just the relationship that exists between Brian and Hugh Paddick. Consider yourself Commenter of the Week.

Hitler and Wittgenstein? Done that one.