- Unknown Binding: 188 pages
- Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul; 2nd edition (1961)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003030UKY
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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (International Library of Philosophy and Scientific Method)
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"A proposition is a picture of reality.
A proposition is a model of reality as we imagine it." [4.01]
"At first sight a proposition--one set out on the printed page, for example--does not seem to be a picture of the reality with which it is concerned. But neither do written notes seem at first sight to be a picture of a piece of music . . . And yet these sign-languages prove to be pictures, even in the ordinary sense, of what they represent." [4.011]
"A gramophone record, the musical idea, the written notes, and the sound-waves, all stand to one another in the same internal relation of depicting that holds between language and the world.
They are all construed according to a common logical pattern." [4.014]
So, Wittgenstein's basic view in the Tractatus is simple: statements ("propositions") are pictures or models of the situations they are about. The sequence of words "The cat is on the mat" would be taken by him to picture the situation that consists in one object (the cat) standing in a certain relation (being on) to another object (the mat). Or rather, this would be the way to understand this proposition if the cat and mat themselves were indivisible atoms, without any smaller parts.Read more ›
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Despite its unquestioned historical significance the Tractatus is not necessarily a good entry point into Wittgenstein's thought. Arguably, if one were to read it not aware of the context within it which it was written it might seem pedantic and tedious - it is largely focused on addressing logico-linguistic questions prevalent at the outset of the twentieth century. From my perspective, an understanding of Frege and Russell is essential to appreciating the Tractatus. In particular it is important to have an appreciation for Frege's notions of concept, and his views on sense and reference; Whereas, Russell's approach to names and descriptions is also important.
Although I appreciate Wittgenstein's work in the fields of language and logic I think his influence on modern philosophy has not been entirely positive. For instance it could be argued that the Logical-Positivist movement stemming from Wittgenstein's early work steered philosophical discussion into and sterile and uninteresting period where large metaphysical questions were deemed out of bonds (undoubtedly some would consider this a good thing).
Overall, the Tractatus is a classic in modern philosophy - an important read for all serious students. For non-Wittgenstein enthusiasts, however, it can be a difficult read in early twentieth century analytic philosophy.
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Everybody should read this book. High school students and college grads. This book shows the power of logic, the force of intuition, the perfect internal consistency of this work,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the most important philosophical works of all time. Especially in the twentieth century. I've been putting this off for many years. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SavonarolaBrown
this is the epitome of Wittgenstein's philosophical writings.probably not for the layman,some background in logical positivism would be very helpful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by steven r. price
I would not suggest reading this one without a group to talk things through, but he is brilliant! Count on reading every page nearly 20 times.Published 10 months ago by Miranda Bronicki
If you are looking to read this book in English this Pears translation is by far the best edition. The old translation that is now in the public domain translates many key... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peter Joyce
I love this piece of work so much. It is both logic yet abstract and I use it as a reference to write essay to come up with great ideas. It is beautiful.Published 15 months ago by Mysterium C.
Good translation, but wish the original German was on the facing page.Published 16 months ago by KimberlyLO
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