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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: German and English (International Library of Psychology, Philosophy, & Scientific Method) Paperback – 10 Sep 1981

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (10 Sept. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041505186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415051866
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
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This edition of the Tractatus presents Ogden's translation alongside Wittgenstein's original German. If you can read German, this IMO is the edition to get. Wittgenstein is notoriously difficult to translate (some maintain that he is untranslatable) and despite the excellence of Ogdens rendition, there are places in which the original German has, at least to my reading, connotations that the English does not.

As the closing sentence says, "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent" - which is as good an excuse as any for my saying no more ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Logic and Mysticism 27 Mar. 2000
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I read this book in college and loved it. It's beautiful, but you have to know a bit about symbolic logic to appreciate it. The last few pages are really elegant. He writes of ethics: "the world of an evil man must be different than the world of good man." And of mysticism that "the fact that the world exists, that is the mystical."
Wittgenstein's mysticism can be summed up like this. The word "hornet" connects somehow with the real insect, but, when I try to explain what the connection is, I am left with nonsense--this is the mystic--it is how the world is "this is the mystical."
He writes only a few lines about God, but I think he acomplishes more than most writers on this subject, since, as he points out in his "motto": "All that a man knows can be said in three words."
3.0 out of 5 stars everything else is good quality. 4 Nov. 2014
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The bilingual feat brought me some trouble; some numerals are half english have german... and its rather uncomfortable to have the two points so far away from each other...
everything else is good quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not quite rorschach 7 Nov. 1999
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Wittgenstein is a logician and TLP is a work in logic. That's not to say that first-time readers will find a textbook in the style of, say, Church or Enderton. (This much is obvious from various mentions here of mathematical logic and mysticism in the same breath). The flavor is very different and it's not easy to say what is the source of this difference. One way to start would be to note that TLP is a part of the Kantian project, in fact its conclusion. It responds directly to Frege and Russell, but it's essentially a transcendental argument with roots in Kant's great Critique. So readers unacquainted with Frege and Russell, and with Kant, may find TLP bewildering - but it's bewildering enough in any case, so take heart! Risking presumption, I'd advise the following first approach to this very unusual book: just follow your nose. Don't bother too much, for example, about the numbering scheme or the order of presentation, simply follow what threads interest you going back and forth.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic with contemporary relevance 7 May 1999
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Wittgenstein's first published work. Should be as famous for Russell's misunderstanding of it, made obvious in his introduction, as for it's effect on the positivists and modern philosophical logic. Absolutely essential reading for studying Wittgenstein's later work. The Investigations can be read as a refutation of the Tractatus, and thereby, as a refutation of much of contemporary philosophy of language. While Wittgenstein doesn't help his readers with either references or explanatory preamble, the effort of reading this book will be well rewarded to anybody studying contemporary issues in philosophical logic, philosophy of language or philosophy of science. Whatismore, Wittgenstein's poetic style is a joy to read and many of his aphorisms will come back to you in other studies.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic with contemporary relevance 7 May 1999
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Wittgenstein's first published work. Should be as famous for Russell's misunderstanding of it, made obvious in his introduction, as for it's effect on the positivists and modern philosophical logic. Absolutely essential reading for studying Wittgenstein's later work. The Investigations can be read as a refutation of the Tractatus, and thereby, as a refutation of much of contemporary philosophy of language. While Wittgenstein doesn't help his readers with either references or explanatory preamble, the effort of reading this book will be well rewarded to anybody studying contemporary issues in philosophical logic, philosophy of language or philosophy of science. Whatismore, Wittgenstein's poetic style is a joy to read and many of his aphorisms will come back to you in other studies.
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