A discussion with the film’s producer Tariq Ali and Jonathan Derbyshire, culture editor of the New Statesman



A seminal thinker of the twentieth century, Wittgenstein’s revolutionary ideas have had an impact in disciplines beyond philosophy including psychology, the natural sciences, linguistics, mathematics, logic, art, religion, artificial intelligence and software design. Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein was to be part of a series for Channel 4 entitled The Philosophers, for which the producers had already commissioned four different scripts: Howard Brenton on Socrates, Tariq Ali on Spinoza, David Edgar on Locke, and Terry Eagleton on Wittgenstein. In collaboration with Verso to celebrate 40 years of independent, radical publishing and with the New Statesman as media partner.