Tractatus Logico Philosophicus 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 Wr

  • Title: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
  • Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • ISBN: 9780415254083
  • Page: 290
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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 usePerhaps 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.

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    1. Ludwig Wittgenstein

      Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein 26 April 1889 29 April 1951 was an Austrian British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language.Described by Bertrand Russell as the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived, passionate, profound, intense, and dominating , he helped inspire two of the twentieth century s principal philosophical movements the Vienna Circle and Oxford ordinary language philosophy According to an end of the century poll, professional philosophers in Canada and the U.S rank both his Tractatus Logico Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations among the top five most important books in twentieth century philosophy, the latter standing out as e one crossover masterpiece in twentieth century philosophy, appealing across diverse specializations and philosophical orientations Wittgenstein s influence has been felt in nearly every field of the humanities and social sciences, yet there are widely diverging interpretations of his thought.

    248 thoughts on “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”

    1. Donald Trump's latest protestations about having to fight the "crooked media" remind me of a famous passage from §5.62 of the Tractatus:Was der Solipsismus nämlich m e i n t, ist ganz richtig, nur lässt es sich nicht s a g e n, sondern es zeigt sich. Dass die Welt m e i n e Welt ist, das zeigt sich darin, dass die Grenzen d e r Sprache (der Sprache, die allein ich verstehe) die Grenzen m e i n e r Welt bedeuten.In fact what solipsism means, is quite correct, only it cannot be said, but it sho [...]


    2. Wittgenstein was deathly afraid of uttering nonsense; whereas I, clearly, am not—how else could I stomach writing so many book reviews? This book is a work of high art—beautiful, austere, and sweeping. Wittgenstein is self-consciously attempting to speak the unspeakable—in his opinion, at least—which is why the language is so succinct and severe. He has no use for literary niceties, flowing prose, or extended exposition. One gets the feeling that, for Wittgenstein, writing philosophy is [...]


    3. What can I say about Tractatus that hasn't been said a million times before? Crystalline gnomic dense wrong. Well, I don't disagree with any of that, but it would be nice to have an image. I ask my subconscious if it can come up with anything, and while I'm in the shower it shows me the sequence from Terry Gilliam's 1988 movie The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, where John Neville and Eric Idle build a hot air balloon made entirely from women's lingerie.I am about to smack my subconscious upside [...]


    4. Hmmm to rate a book you didn't understand at all--that is the question. Maybe like this: (?)1. Here the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is everything that is the case.1.1 It is the case because it is the subject of this review. 1.11 This review is determined by facts. In this case, all the facts that I came up with while reading the case.1.12. The subject cannot include facts that are not the case because the totality of existent facts determines what is the case, and whatever is not the case.1.1 [...]


    5. Like many young American readers, I made the mistake of reading the bulk of this text in an In-N-Out, and now it is difficult for me to think about elementary propositions without thinking about someone ordering a cheeseburger, and, subsequently, thinking about the relationship between the sign of "cheeseburger" and the atomic fact of the cheeseburger it refers to. Wittgenstein orders his cheeseburger with the totality of everything that is the case. And he eats the whole thing in under 100 page [...]


    6. I was just going to write, “Of what we cannot speak we must remain silent,” as my review. The book ends with this rather affected proposition, which actually would make a perfect book review for me as well. However, it’s an abomination to read (or pretend to have done so) a book of this stature (supposedly the most important philosophical book of the 20th century, no less) and not write a paragraph or two about it.Wittgenstein wrote this book in the trenches and P.O.W. camps of World War I [...]


    7. 6.52 Nosotros sentimos que incluso sitodas las posibles cuestiones científicaspudieran responderse, el problema denuestra vida no habría sido másprofundizado. Desde luego que no queda yaninguna pregunta, y precisamente ésta esla respuesta.6.521 La solución del problema de la vidaestá en la desaparición de este problema.(¿No es ésta la razón de que loshombres que han llegado a ver claro elsentido de la vida después de muchodudar, no sepan decir en qué consiste estesentido?)6.522 Hay, [...]


    8. The ingenious work which, had it been true, would have provided a firm foundation for Positivism and provided justification for Philosophy's existence. It also would have pretty much been the last word on the nature of and philosophical limits of language. Instead Wittgenstein repudiated this view and put a nail in the coffin with P.I.Elegant, minimal, logically crystalline. And mostly wrong.


    9. What the hell am I supposed to say about this?The parts I understood were hugely inspirational to my own thoughts, if I did indeed understand those parts, which I suspect I did not.What a shame that someone so clever who had decided that this book was the be-all and end-all to problems in philosophy could only communicate them in a form that often eludes human comprehension.It's like the saying that if the human brain were simple enough for us to understand it then we would be too stupid to do s [...]


    10. کانت و ویتگنشتاینتحقیقات ویتگنشتاین، همچون نظریات بسیاری از فلاسفه بعد از کانت، به نوعی راجع است به معرفت شناسی کانت. کانت با مشخص کردن مرزهای معرفت انسانی، نشان داد که بسیاری از امور به صورت بنیادین قابلیت ادراک توسط دستگاه ادراکی آدمی را ندارند، در نتیجه همیشه در آن سوی مر [...]


    11. +5 for writing this (apparently while serving in WW1)-1 because not enough examples. That would've helped to clear up a ton of confusion (for example, what exactly is the N-operator)-1 because I CANFinal grade: 3/5


    12. I really enjoyed this book, my first by Wittgenstein, a book about the essential function of language and a sort of "theory of everything" of meaning. It starts off as a very cool, clear-eyed, incisive look at what language is, what it does, and how we can cull it to its essence to say something meaningful and true, then ends on an oddly metaphysical note that seems to throw everything that preceded it to the wind. The format is as economical and mathematical as Wittgenstein's arguments. It is a [...]


    13. اول شرح رو خوندم بعد خود کتاب رو.شرح از چند جنبه خوبه: نثر فارسی نویسنده پخته و جافتاده است. جز چند اصطلاح نامانوس، با نثری روان و درخور شرحی فلسفی رو به برو هستیم. موضوعات عمده رساله منطقی فلسفی از هم تفکیک شده اند و جداگانه محل بحث قرار گرفته اند که این موجب انسجام در مطالعه می [...]


    14. Absolutely trite and unconvincing. A bloodless and conceited bore, organized as though by a severe autistic. The assumptions about cognition are laughably archaic, and the popularity of this work is a thorn in my throat.


    15. In 1992, the SF writer William Gibson published Agrippa (a book of the dead) in floppy-disk form, a poem about his late father and the Memento-ish evanescence of memory, which encrypted itself after reading (i.e. you could only read it once). A rarer, analog edition was even printed with photosensitive chemicals that would degrade the ink upon exposure to light. (Two copies had to be sent to the Library of Congress, one to read so it could be catalogued, the other to be archived, forever unread. [...]


    16. Patience is necessary if you're not within philosophy academia, like myself. It's not light reading but, conversely, Wittgenstein is not heavy material. In fact, it's the strict, disciplined simplicity of his ideas that adds some difficulty. The book ends on a fantastic note, either an affirmation or a haymaker to the field of philosophy. I'm still unsure which.




    17. Wittgenstein says explicitly in the introduction of the book that no one has not already had these thoughts will be able to understand it, and should therefore not read it. No doubt this had a great affect on the size of The Tractatus' readership. I, having not fully had many of these thoughts, was nonetheless absolutely THRILLED by the book--it's abstruseness notwithstanding--to the point where I would bring it up in conversation with absolute strangers, which, needless to say, affected the num [...]


    18. Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is, alongside Heidegger's Being and Time and Wittgenstein's own posthumous Philosophical Investigation, one of the most important works of 20th Century philosophy. It is also one of the very few - the only? - "Great Books" or "Classics" in the analytical tradition. I would further maintain - and have always maintained - that it is among the most beautiful books ever written. Composed in the trenches of the First World War, the Tractatus is as much a [...]


    19. David Markson made some funny aphorisms regarding Harold Bloom's claim to The New York Times that he could read 500 pages in an hour (highly dubious):"Writer's arse.Spectacular exhibition! Right this way ladies and gentlemen! See Professor Bloom read the 1961 corrected and reset Random House edition of James Joyce's Ulysses in one hour and thirty-three minutes. Not one page stinted. Unforgettable! What's this? Can't spare an hour and a half? Wait, wait. Our matinee special, today only! Watch Pro [...]


    20. Có hai sự thiếu sót vô cùng lớn của triết học Việt Nam, thứ nhất là đa số các bản dịch đều cực dở và thứ hai là thiếu Wittgenstein, nếu nói riêng về xuất bản sách giấy. Hai thứ đó cộng lại ta được kết quả là Cao Dao và bản dịch Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus lủng củng, tối nghĩa, nhưng may mắn là sẽ có Trịnh Hữu Tuệ (tôi đang có bản dịch on-going, ngôn từ dễ hiểu hơn, trình bày đ [...]


    21. First of all, it should be acknowledged that my entire philosophical background is in continental, rather than analytic, thought. I come to Wittgenstein with very little context. The only other philosophers Wittgenstein directly references in the Tractatus are Frege and Russell, neither of whom I have studied. My only preparation for reading this was a (very good) book by Anthony Rudd that compared Wittgenstein's work with that of Heidegger, finding unexpected similarities in their projects. Bot [...]


    22. If I may use a crude simile for illustration, Wittgenstein says that knowledge, or language, or science, is like a pile of cordwood. Each piece of wood is a proposition that mirrors or pictures a fact in the world. The pieces of wood are stacked on top of each other according to the logical rules for concatenating propositions, including implication (for causation) and universal quantifiers (for scientific principles). The pile of wood rests on a bottom layer of “elementary propositions,” of [...]


    23. eines dieser maßlos überschätzten werke, das in seinem völlig unzugänglichen (selbst vom eigentlich-bin-ich-ja-architekt-autor als spartanischem würfel gestalteten) elfenbeinturm vielleicht von herrn L.W. selbst verstanden worden ist, wobei ich selbst das stark anzweifle. wenn ein buch (vor allem ein philosophisches!) schon auf den ersten seiten mit mathematischen formeln daherkommt und es nicht schafft, im rahmen der sprache zu bleiben (von der es ja letztendlich daherschwadroniert), ist [...]


    24. I love this book, and I am not sure why. I actually pick it up time-to-time and it is really a book that can't be defined by words - I think about it and it's almost abstract. And that is the essence of the book. How do you define something abstract into words - and are words enough to describe something that can't be said, but can be felt?


    25. I actually like the form, it lays bare how every argument fits together so that this somewhat dense work is fairly straightforward to follow. It lines up nicely with his metaphor for how logical systems and frameworks act as a grid laid atop everything that is, so there is a real nice uniformity to this work. The only inaccessible aspects are the notation (he explains the notation after using it, but there are glossaries out there if you are stuck) and Wittgenstein's annoying habit of vaguely re [...]


    26. A beautiful little book about language and thought, done in by Wittgenstein's lack of mathematical training to this point (it was written in the trenches of the Austro-Hungarian ostfront and the Italian POW camps of Cassino, and published only with the help of Russell and Ogden -- indeed, Ogden gave the book its title). Look to thePhilosophical Investigations for "Wittgenstein II", the much more useful side of Ludwig's career (well after he'd left Logical Positivism behind), but read the Tractat [...]


    27. First, there are some very good reviews of this book on this very site, go read them.For my part, the statements in this book divide into three categories:1. "OK, so what" - banal sentences that seem to lack any insight2. "wait what why?" - huge conclusions that seem to come out of nowhere3. the rest - a captivating logical constructNow, for (1) and (2) the problem mostly lies with me - maybe I should've read up on the Russell/Frege mathematical logic he keeps referencing, because the notations [...]


    28. The Tractatus is a mesmerizing pile of poo. I spent a semester trying to understand whatever it was that Wittgenstein seemed to have stumbled upon it turns out that this is just nothing more than an engineer writing bad poetry. Crap. Absolute crap"Whereof that which we cannot speak we must pass over in silence." What the devil is this? It's a coward's way out. Translation: "I can't roll with the big dogs so I'm going to take my ball and go home."If you want to read some philosophy, go approach P [...]


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