Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

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"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; ...
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.
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Michael Frayn
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.
Times Literary Supplement
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.
Booknews
Reprints not only the original translation from German, but also Bertrand Russell's introduction and the index, which was first added in a 1955 edition. Austro-British philosopher Wittgenstein (1889-1951) created a sensation among intellectuals with the treatise by claiming that philosophy was a matter of logic rather than of metaphysics. Cited in /Books for College Libraries, 3d ed./ Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466216303
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc A. Joseph is Professor of Philosophy at Mills College.
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Table of Contents

Translators' Preface
Introduction
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Preface 3
Translation 5
Index 91
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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Might be brilliant, but...

    This book is in two languages, printed side-by-side. A clever idea in print. Completely broken in the ebook format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    Amazing Book!

    Wittgenstein's lucid presentation of his concepts is inspiring. The reader will find a new and helpful view of logic and language through this master work.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Not for the serious reader

    This is a terrible translation. Wittgenstien is difficult enough without trying to sift through a botched up translation that isn't even gramatically correct much of the time.

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