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Notebooks, 1914-1916 Paperback – January 15, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0226904474 ISBN-10: 0226904474 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (January 15, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226904474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226904474
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was arguably the most influential philosopher of the twentieth century. He was born in Vienna, but studied and practiced philosophy in Great Britain. He was a professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 1939 until 1947. He worked in—and transformed—the fields of logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. W. Roberts on April 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
In 1950, Wittgenstein tried to have all of his old notebooks destroyed. Thankfully, three sets of texts escaped this unhappy fate. The first two are some of Wittgenstein's personal notebooks from August 1914 to October 1915, found at the house of his sister; these comprise the main content of this book. The third set consists of three texts from the collection of Bertrand Russell, which are printed as appendices. The first appendix is Wittgenstein's 1913 "Notes on Logic," which was his first attempt to formulate a comprehensive, proto-Tractatus. The second is a few pages of notes that Wittgenstein dictated to G.E. Moore in 1914, who came to visit while Wittgenstein was living isolated with his thoughts in Norway. The third appendix consists of extracts of Wittgenstein's letters to Russell.

In the second edition of this book, images of a few passages of Wittgenstein's symbolism are printed in a fourth appendix; these were omitted from the first edition because no one could make heads or tails of them. (As far as this reviewer knows, no progress has been made there.)

In a lovely preface to the first edition of this text, first published in 1961, the editors give expression to the role that this text can play for the students of Wittgenstein. Unfortunately, it was omitted from the second edition, and so I quote from it here:

"We publish this material as an aid to students of the Tractatus. Most of it is no easier than the Tractatus itself; it naturally shews development; thus when it appears to present views different from those of the Tractatus, there is no need to reconcile the two. It should not be used without more ado as evidence for particular interpretations of the Tractatus.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dionysus on December 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book shows well the development of Wittgenstein's early thought. It is easier to see where his influences effected his thought. The metaphysical nature of his early thinking and his debt to Schopenhauer are clearer in this text than they are in any other. I have substracted one star only because I prefer his later thinking, and these notes, as the title states, are only from 1914 through 1916.
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