Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

German and English

Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136745785

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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The Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus first appeared in 1921 and was the only philosophical work that Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) published during his lifetime. Written in short, carefully numbered paragraphs of extreme compression and brilliance, it immediately convinced many of its readers and captured the imagination of all. Its chief influence, at first, was on the Logical Positivists of the 1920s and 1930s, but many other philosophers were stimulated by its philosophy of language, finding attractive, even if ultimately unsatisfactory, its view that propositions were pictures of reality. Perhaps most of all, its own author, after his return to philosophy in the late 1920s, was fascinated by its vision of an inexpressible, crystalline world of logical relationships. C.K. Ogden's translation of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus has a unique provenance. As revealed in Letters of C.K. Ogden (1973) and in correspondence in The Times Literary Supplement, Wittgenstein, Ramsey and Moore all worked with Ogden on the translation, which had Wittgenstein's complete approval. The very name Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was of Ogden's devising; and there is very strong feeling among philosophers that, among the differing translations of this work, Ogden's is the definitive text - and Wittgenstein's version of the English equivalent of his Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung.

Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus'

A Reader's Guide

Author: Roger M. White

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826486177

Category: Philosophy

Page: 163

View: 9051

Wittgenstein's Tractatus - the only book he actually published within his lifetime - was an immensely important work which changed the direction of philosophy in the first half of the twentieth century. Highlighting the importance of the nature of language in philosophy and the problematic nature of metaphysics, it strongly influenced the work of Russell, the Vienna Circle and A. J. Ayer. An understanding of the ideas in the Tractatus is essential to fully grasp Wittgenstein's remarkable thought. In Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus': A Reader's Guide, Roger White provides a thorough account of the philosophical and historical context of Wittgenstein's work. The book provides a detailed outline of the themes and structure of the text, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of this remarkable text. White goes on to explore the reception and influence of the work and offers a detailed guide to further reading. This is the ideal companion to study of this hugely important philosophical work.

Tractatus Logico Philosophicus

Author: Wittgenstein Ludwig Wittgenstein

Publisher: Linkgua digital

ISBN: 8499538762


Page: N.A

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Perhaps this book will be understood only by someone who has himself already had the thoughts that are expressed in it—or at least similar thoughts.—So it is not a textbook.—Its purpose would be achieved if it gave pleasure to one person who read and understood it. The book deals with the problems of philosophy, and shows, I believe, that the reason why these problems are posed is that the logic of our language is mis- understood. The whole sense of the book might be summed up 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.

The Enchantment of Words

Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Author: Denis McManus

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 019161503X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Recent years have seen a great revival of interest in Wittgenstein's early masterpiece, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. The Enchantment of Words is a study of that book, offering novel readings of all its major themes and shedding light on issues in metaphysics, ethics and the philosophies of mind, language, and logic. McManus argues that Wittgenstein's aim in this deeply puzzling work is to show that the 'intelligibility of thought' and the 'meaningfulness of language', which logical truths would delimit and metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and language would explain, are issues constituted by confusions. What is exposed is a mirage of a kind of self-consciousness, a misperception of the ways in which we happen to think, talk and act as reasons why we ought to think, talk and act as we do. The root of that misperception is our confusedly endowing words with a life of their own: we 'enchant', and are 'enchanted by', words, colluding in a confusion that transposes on to them, and the world which we then see them as 'fitting', responsibilities that are actually ours to bear. Such words promise to spare us the trouble, not only of thinking, but of living. In presenting this view, McManus offers readings of all of the major themes of the Tractatus, including its discussion of logical truth, objects, names, inference, subjectivity, solipsism and the ineffable; McManus offers novel explanations of what is at stake in Wittgenstein's comparison of propositions with pictures, of why Wittgenstein declared the point of the Tractatus to be ethical, of how a bookwhich infamously declares itself to be nonsensical can both clarify our thoughts and require of us that we exercise our capacity to reason in reading it, and of how Wittgenstein later came to re-evaluate the achievement of the Tractatus.

The Tractatus According to Its Own Form

Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein


ISBN: 1291796215

Category: Education

Page: 232

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The text of the most relevant philosophical book of the XX Century is now published in the only way which allow us 'to read it with understanding and pleasure'; that is, following the decimal structure of propositions numbering. Wittgenstein's decimals are, actually, hypertext links, alike those in our Web sites. Now, the physical pages of the book match the logical pages of the text; starting from the home page with the seven cardinal propositions or even by opening the book by chance, the reader will find everywhere clear and simple lines of thought on which she can reflect and of which she can enjoy. The impression of an anxious run from the first until the fivehundredtwentyseventh proposition is replaced by the lucid evidence of the cognitive map established by Wittgenstein himself. As to the 'Supplements' he sent to Russell, they contained those remarks of the Notebooks which he checked as 'good' but did not use in the Tractatus: the list will result precious for scholars.

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Wittgenstein and the Tractatus Logico-philosophicus

Author: Michael Rowland Morris

Publisher: Taylor & Francis US

ISBN: 9780415357227

Category: Philosophy

Page: 401

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This text presents an introduction to the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, the only book Wittgenstein published during his lifetime. Morris introduces & analyses the brief & sometimes cryptic text, including Wittgestein's life, the background to the Tractatus, & the importance of Wittgenstein's work in philosophy today.

Wittgenstein's Tractatus

An Introduction

Author: Alfred Nordmann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521850865

Category: Philosophy

Page: 234

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This introduction, first published in 2005, considers the philosophical and literary aspects of Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus' and shows how they are related.

Major Works

Selected Philosophical Writings

Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061550248

Category: Philosophy

Page: 448

View: 6658

Major Works is the finest single-volume anthology of influential philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's important writings. Featuring the complete texts of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, The Blue and Brown Books: Studies for 'Philosophical Investigations,' and On Certainty, this new collection selects from the early, middle, and later career of this revolutionary thinker, widely recognized as one of the most profound minds of all time.

Pulling Up the Ladder

The Metaphysical Roots of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Author: Richard R. Brockhaus

Publisher: N.A


Category: Mathematics

Page: 340

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Representation and Reality in Wittgenstein's Tractatus

Author: José L. Zalabardo

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198743947

Category: Language and languages

Page: 263

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Jose L. Zalabardo puts forward a new interpretation of central ideas in Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus concerning the structure of reality and our representations of it in thought and language. He shows the origins of Wittgenstein's picture theory of propositional representation in Russell's theories of judgment, arguing that the picture theory is Wittgenstein's solution to some of the problems that he found in Russell's position. Zalabardo defends the view that, for Wittgenstein, facts in general, and the facts that play the role of propositions in particular, are not composite items, arising from the combination of their constituents. They are ultimate, irreducible units, and what we think of as their constituents are features that facts have in common with one another. These common features have built into them their possibilities of combination with other features into possible situations. This is the source of the Tractarian account of non-actual possibilities. It is also the source of the idea that it is not possible to produce propositions answering to certain descriptions, including those that would give rise to Russell's paradox. Zalabardo then considers Wittgenstein's view that every proposition is a truth function of elementary propositions. He argues that this view is motivated by Wittgenstein's epistemology of logic, according to which we should be able to see logical relations by inspecting the structures of propositions. Finally, Zalabardo considers the problems that we face if we try to extend the application of the picture theory from elementary propositions to truth functions of these.

Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus

New Directions for the Future Development of Humankind

Author: W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351658816

Category: Philosophy

Page: 182

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"Our time is the age of postmodernity and of the clash of epochs. But a new age of humanity is rising. It is evolutionity or the evolutionary epoch which replaces modernity and postmodernity." Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus (Political-Philosophical Treatise) aims to establish the principles of good governance and of a happy society, and to open up new directions for the future development of humankind. W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz demonstrates the necessity of, and provides a guide for, the redirection of humanity. He argues that this paradigm shift must involve changing the character of social life and politics from competitive to cooperative, encouraging moral and intellectual virtues, providing foundations for happy societies, promoting peace among countries and building a strong international community. Korab-Karpowicz’s seven principles for a happy society are: Cooperation Justice Wise Leadership and Civic Virtues Education for Virtue and Knowledge Good Laws Political Knowledge Continuity of Generations

Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

Author: A. C. Grayling

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191540382

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

View: 8711

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original philospher, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking goes well beyond philosophy itself. In this book, which aims to make Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general non-specialist reader, A. C. Grayling explains the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views. He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's continuing influence on contemporary thought. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Inside the Great Mirror

A Critical Examination of the Philosophy of Russell, Wittgenstein, and their Followers

Author: J.K. Feibleman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401023697

Category: Philosophy

Page: 228

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physical realist heavily bverlaid with the interpretation afforded by linguistic analysis, so he changed, too. But at the time, which was approximately during the second decade of the twentieth century, they were no doubt very close in their views. Russell acknowledged the influence of Wittgenstein in several places in the 1918 lectures on logical atomism. Wittgenstein might not have written the Tractatus had Russell not given the lectures on logical atomism, or at least had he not maintained the views there expressed. Certainly it is true in a very large sense that the Tractatus may be interpreted as a commentary on the 1918 lectures of Russell. Wittgenstein certainly did not hear them but, as Russell said, the topics were discussed together; and the debt of the Tractatus to the views of the contents of the lectures is obvious. Since Wittgenstein was the pupil and Russell the teacher, we may assume, despite the mutual influence, that the greater effect was Russell's. There is no space in which to go into a thorough analysis of the predecessors of Wittgenstein and of the influences upon him. In addition, there is not sufficient data. One clue, however, we are given. One of his friends has informed us that Wittgenstein "did read and enjoy Plato" and "recognized congenial features" in his philosophical method 1, although, to be sure, Wittgenstein is not said to have been a great reader of philosophy.

The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell

Author: Bertrand Russell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134028660

Category: Philosophy

Page: 782

View: 315

Featuring seminal work in the philosophies of mathematics and language, this comprehensive and assiduously edited collection also makes available his provocative and controversial views on religion and international relations.

An Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus

Author: Gertrude E. M. Anscombe

Publisher: Burns & Oates

ISBN: 9781890318543

Category: Philosophy

Page: 179

View: 6601

Anscombe guides us through the Tractatus and, thereby, Wittgenstein's early philosophy as a whole. She shows in particular how his arguments developed out of the discussions of Russell and Frege. This reprint is of the fourth, corrected edition.

Being and Time

Author: Martin Heidegger,Joan Stambaugh,Dennis J. Schmidt

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438432763

Category: Philosophy

Page: 482

View: 8746

A revised translation of Heidegger's most important work.