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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 ›
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.
Ironically, in his later years he denounced the book and called himself naive for writing it.
On the below review: Tractatus focuses on an empirical ontology. Where the review below goes wrong is the assumption that Wittgenstein is denouncing all non-objective and materialistic reality. The final line in the book (which is probably the books most poignant, and oft-quoted line) is "What we cannot speak about, we must pass over in silence." demonstrates Wittgenstein is aware of the context that he's covering: the empirical, and objective realm of sensorimotor and rational experience. Wittgenstein was quite the mystic (to the horrors of Bertrand Russell), so one cannot be polemic towards his implied intentions; Wittgenstein was simply attempting to comprehensively cover the only realm in which he felt was capable of being written about: the objective realm.
It is under this context the book must be appropriately reviewed. The following paragraph will review the book within those parameters.
The book is quite thorough. It is a mere 90 pages or so, but every statement is concise, to-the-point, and unwavering in its objective quantification and observation of reality. It is laid out like an old mathematical textbook with decimal numbers annotating each statement in relation to every other statement. Thorough it is, but the book also requires a great deal of effort. Wittgenstein assigns a seemingly endless list of nouns to vague and ambiguous ideas (i.e., fact, thought, picture, proposition, internal property, composite name, sign, etc.Read more ›
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This book is beautiful. Numbered by propositions, from "1. The world is all that is the case" to "7. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Davina
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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 12 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 16 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 17 months ago by Mysterium C.
Good translation, but wish the original German was on the facing page.Published 18 months ago by KimberlyLO