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“The greatest philosopher of the 20th century.” (New York Times Book Review)

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Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was born in Austria and studied at Cambridge under Bertrand Russell. He volunteered to serve in the Austrian army at the outbreak of World War I, and in 1918 was captured and sent to a prison camp in Italy, where he finished his masterpiece, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, one of the most important philosophical works of all time. After the war Wittgenstein eventually returned to Cambridge to teach.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; 1 edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061550248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061550249
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous VINE VOICE on October 9, 2009
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In brief, this is simply the best single-volume representation of Wittgenstein's work ever compiled in English, and it represents an incredible bargain for students, teachers, and general readers -- perhaps the most philosophy for the buck that one could find outside of a paperback Plato.

The volume is a compilation of Wittgenstein's work, selected in order to give readers an idea of his whole career: the vitally important Tractatus represents his early work, while his "middle" period is represented by the "Blue and Brown Books" (studies for the Philosophical Investigations, which is not included in this volume) and his late work by the posthumously published On Certainty. This is a fairly comprehensive selection: certainly every reader will want to grapple with the Tractatus, and while it would be nice to have the Investigations themselves represented here, the preliminary studies in the Blue and Brown Books deserve equal attention -- these are actually often richer, more full of examples and explorations into the philosophy of language and mind, than the finished product. (Still, if you're supplementing this with another volume, the Investigations would be the obvious choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Rubard on September 11, 2014
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Now that we are pretty well into the 21st century, Ludwig Wittgenstein looks like the pretty well definitive 20th century philosopher: though Heidegger attempted to range more widely, he also ranged right into Nazism and failed to learn any of the new logic being so diligently developed in the footsteps of Gottlob Frege. Wittgenstein venerated Frege and astoundingly struck up a close friendship with mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell in the absence of any qualifications other than a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Manchester: he was a sensation at Cambridge until World War I intervened and thrust him, on account of his well-nigh-schizoid personality, into great danger as an Austrian reconnaissance soldier. Following the War he summed up the ideas of "logical atomism" that Russell had already been promoting on his behalf in the famously cryptic *Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus*, published in German in 1922 and given that name as a sort of send-up of Spinoza's *Tractatus Theologico-Politicus*.

If you expect works of philosophy to say deep and puzzling things about Reality, Wittgenstein's early work is definitely your "bag". Laid out in a manner reminiscent of later "hypertext" (seven main propositions, beginning with "The world is all that is the case", with subpropositions grouped under them in order of significance), the *Tractatus* has perhaps contributed more catchphrases to philosophical idiom than any other work in the history of philosophy.
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WITTGENSTEIN ...WHAT CAN ONE SAY BUT ...WHAT THE HELL IS IT ALL ABOUT? EVEN BERTRAND RUSSELL DID NOT UNDERSTAND WITTGENSTEIN'S LOGIC ...IF LOGIC IT WAS...THE MEANING OF HIS SENTENCES ARE SO OBSCURE THAT I WONDER IF AN ENTIRE
AND COLOSSAL HOAX HAS BEEN PERPETRATED TO RAISE WITTGENSTEIN TO A PHILOSOPHICAL GIANT...THE ACADEMICS ARE STILL TRYING TO PUZZLE HIM OUT....THE ONLY THING HE SEEMS TO HAVE COME UP WITH WAS THE LOGICAL "TRUTH TABLE"
A USEFUL TOOL TO TEST THE LOGIC OF ONE'S STATEMENTS....HIS LIFE WAS MORE INTERESTING THAN HIS WORK AND I RECOMMEND RAY MONK'S BIOGRAPHY...WHERE YOU WONT FIND MONK TRYING TO EXPLAIN WITTGENSTEIN'S "TRACTICUS"
MONK IS ALSO PROBABLY SCRATCHING HIS HEAD
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