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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Routledge Classics) Paperback – 18 May 2001
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"Wittgenstein, in his preface, tells us that his book is not a textbook, and that its object will be attained if there is one person who reads it with understanding and to whom it affords pleasure. We think there are many persons who will read it with understanding and enjoy it. The treatise is clear and lucid. The author is continually arresting us with new and striking thoughts, and he closes on a note of mystical exaltation."
-The Times Literary Supplement
""Tractatus is one of the fundamental texts of twentieth-century philosophy - short, bold, cryptic, and remarkable in its power to stir the imagination of philosophers and non-philosophers alike."
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'Among the productions of the twentieth century the Tractatus continues to stand out for its beauty and its power.' - A.J. Ayer
Perhaps the most important work of philosophy written in the twentieth century, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was the only philosophical work that Ludwig Wittgenstein published during his lifetime. Written in short, carefully numbered paragraphs of extreme brilliance, it captured the imagination of a generation of philosophers. For Wittgenstein, logic was something we use to conquer a reality which is in itself both elusive and unobtainable. He famously summarized the book in the following words: 'What can be said at all can be said clearly; and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.' David Pears and Brian McGuinness received the highest praise for their meticulous translation. The work is prefaced by Bertrand Russell's original introduction to the first English edition.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951). Regarded by many as the most outstanding philosopher of the twentieth century. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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My recommendation is that if you want to enjoy the book for the fascinating content it has to offer, buy a study guide (or take one out from the library). When I first bought the Tractatus for my undergraduate course it seemed unapproachable, but after going through the guides I became engrossed in the many, varied and contradictory insights it presented. The guides I have read are the Nordman, White and Morris and I found that White was good for a step by step approach with the outlines of the modern interpretation, Nordman represented those modern interpretations in a interesting and accessible way, and Morris was a nice middle ground, although sometimes a little drawn-out. Although I haven't read it I hear good things about the Mounce guide also.
What I found most interesting about the Tractatus are the many and varied understandings of the book explained by the introductions, so I urge that if do study the Tractatus, do study it. It is certainly not a quick read for sunny afternoon on a park bench.
Wittgenstein's aim with the Tractatus was to demystify philosophy through the conceptual clarification. Wittgenstein did not believe philosophical problems existed in the traditional sense, but resulted from confusions caused by a fundamental misuse and misunderstanding about the form and meaning of language. In this sense, the Tractatus, according to Wittgenstein, was to put an end to philosophizing in the ordinary sense and instead see philosophy as a process of clarification of fundamental concepts that would aid those subjects that seek genuine answers in terms of facts, e.g. the sciences.
Central to this new definition of philosophy is the picture theory, for which the Tractatus is most famed. In the preface Wittgenstein alludes to the Kantian principle that the limits of language (thought) are the limits of the world.Read more ›
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Terrible version. Pages just fall out, some points missing or ordered the wrong way.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm disgusted that amazon sell these cheap knock offs for £14.99 - its an extremely cheap print, like its been run off a home printer in 1997. Read morePublished 8 months ago
present for a friend so can't really say anything except it is what they wanted and enjoyed reading itPublished 16 months ago by anick
As L.W. might have said, "This is how it was meant to be".
Compact and clear -- a pleasure to behold and refer to. Read more
Probably the best kindle-portable edition at present, but some of the logic symbols are lost in conversion, and those that do survive are embedded like the diagrams and don't... Read morePublished on 4 April 2015 by D. NICHOLLS
One of my favourite philosophical treatise.
A priori statments about how the world is. Literally that is all that is contained within this book. Everything else is nonsense.
" But I did not get my picture of the world by satisfying myself of its correctness: nor do I have it because I am satisfied of its correctness. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by michael
I did not realise that the book was reprint and not an orginial publication. Nothing wrong otherwise, but it does raise questions of reliability of the book because we do not know... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2013 by Jahnavi Phalkey
" But I did not get my picture of the world by satisfying myself of its correctness: nor do I have it because I am satisfied of its correctness. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2012 by Featherless Biped