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One of the most unsettlingly dour philosophers of the century and one of its greatest comic geniuses—come to think of it, Ludwig and Buster even look separated at birth. But Robert Goff, professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, suggests that the physical antics of silver screen star Buster Keaton and the mental high-wire perambulations of Cambridge don Ludwig Wittgenstein may have even more in common than that. It’s not just that Keaton can be so philosophically profound, it’s that, read properly, Wittgenstein can turn out to be unexpectedly (if quite wittingly) hilarious.
Above: Photograph of Buster Keaton, courtesy of the Library of Congress.