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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Paperback – January 9, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1440424212 ISBN-10: 1440424217

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440424217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440424212
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889–1951) was an Austrian philosopher who held the professorship in philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 1939 until 1947. He is known for having inspired two of the century's principal philosophical movements, logical positivism and ordinary language philosophy, though in his lifetime he published just one book review, one article, a children's dictionary, and the 75-page Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921). In 1999 his posthumously published Philosophical Investigations (1953) was ranked as the most important book of 20th-century philosophy. Born into one of Austria-Hungary's wealthiest families in Vienna at the turn of the century, he gave away his inheritance, and was at one point forced to sell his furniture to cover expenses when working on the Tractatus. Three of his brothers committed suicide, with Wittgenstein and the remaining brother contemplating it too. Bertrand Russell described him as the most perfect example of genius, "passionate, profound, intense, and dominating", while Richard Rorty wrote that he took out his intense self-loathing on everyone he met. He grew angry when his students wanted to teach philosophy, and was famously overjoyed when G.E. Moore's wife told him she was working in a jam factory—doing something useful, in Wittgenstein's eyes. He tried to leave philosophy himself several times, serving during the First World War on the front lines with the Austrian Army, and commended for his courage; teaching in schools in Austrian villages, where he found himself in trouble for hitting the children; and working during the Second World War as an orderly in Guy's Hospital, London, where only a few of the staff were told that the new porter was the professor of philosophy at Cambridge. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This translation is very different from others.
Augustine Bones
I haven't yet fully read the Tractatus (I got through the fourth proposition before I gave up last time), so I'm not reviewing the book itself.
Aaron N.
The editing is so bad that there are blatant typos in nearly every entry of Wittgenstein's text.
ron bell

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By ron bell on July 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Do not buy this edition! The editing is so bad that there are blatant typos in nearly every entry of Wittgenstein's text. There are no notes by an editor or translator, so the reader has no idea who is responsible for this ridiculous butchery of the text. I'm talking about the most basic proofreading here, not about interpretations of the text (I don't read German, so I can't comment about that). For example: " If they world had no substance, then whether a proposition had sense would depend on whether another proposition was true (2.0211)." They world? "It is obvious that an imagined world, however difference it may be from the real one . . .(2.022)" -- this kind of thing can't help but distract the reader from the meaning. These are just 2 of scores of examples. Those were on the same page, and you find them on every page. 7 Treasures Publications seems to be some kind of fly-by-night garage publisher; this is the crudest, most unprofessional publication I've ever seen.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ryan B. Block on June 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
As others here have said, this edition contains numerous typographical errors. Such a level of care is unworthy of the text, and unworthy of the reader to whom the text is addressed.

If you purchase this book, it will come with a date stamped on the back page; this date will read as no more than a few days from when you made your purchase. In other words, this is a distributor's edition. Its base text is copied inexpertly and in marked contrast to the efficiency of your personal copies' printing and delivery.

Buy this if you want to give an incompetent business whose priority is not the integrity of its product some of your money. But if you want to read the text, look for another edition.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Molus Zarian on November 10, 2010
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To date, most reviews of this book have reflected digestion of Wittgenstein's philosophy rather than addressing the quality of the edition. The translation is often terribly tacit or outright incorrect. Unfortunately, Seven Treasures seems to be capitalizing on how few editions remain of this work remain in print. This is not a source that should be used for any scholarly work. Hopefully we will see a Blackwell edition comparable to their PI anniversary printing, with the original German text included.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Arthur Wong on December 6, 2010
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Just wanted to warn you all that the free Kindle version of this text has quite a few scanning errors in it that were not caught by an editor. If this especially annoys you, you might want a paid version.

As for the actual work in question...it's not my cup of tea.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ephebe on February 1, 2011
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This edition is horrible. It is peppered with inexcusable typos. Within the first few pages, there are two instances in which it should say "though" but it says "thought" instead. If this edition makes blatant errors like that, it will surely fail to deal adequately with the nuances of translating the work into English. DO NOT BUY!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gkz on October 20, 2010
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Terrible editing. Printed in the USA? Wittgenstein himself could have done a better job of translation and grammar correction. Poor quality. This is a piece of LITERATURE, not an article. GET IT RIGHT!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aaron N. on May 13, 2011
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I haven't yet fully read the Tractatus (I got through the fourth proposition before I gave up last time), so I'm not reviewing the book itself. However, I did just buy this version of it, and should warn you all against making my mistake. This version (the Seven Treasures Publishing version):

- is horribly bound in such a way that it is
(a) guaranteed to fall apart swiftly, perhaps before you even finish the book
(b) incredibly aesthetically displeasing
- has at least one very obvious formatting error, which I found in 30 seconds of flipping through the book (it's on proposition 6)
- doesn't cite the translator

By all means read the book, but don't get this version. My friend who adores Wittgenstein recommends the Routledge version (with the brick cover).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Cook on August 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I haven't read this version of the Tractatus, although I have read a few others, quite closely. What is curious here is that the original was written in German, but no translator is given on either the cover or the title page of this edition. This is suspicious, and one might prefer to choose an edition with an acknowledged translator over this one. I suggest the version with Ogden's translation on pages facing the German text.
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