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Tractatus logico-philosphicus
Ludwig Wittgenstein
publisher: , 1922

translated as:
Tractatus logico-philosophicus
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1961
translation: David Pears / Brian McGuinness

refered to by:
The Dark Room of Damokles
Willem Frederik Hermans

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One of the most important works of philosophy written in the twentieth century, 'Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus' was the only philosophical work that Ludwig Wittgenstein published during his lifetime. Written in short, carefully numbered paragraphs of extreme brilliance, it captured the imagination of a generation of philosophers. For Wittgenstein, logic was something we use to conquer a reality which is in itself both elusive and unobtainable. He famously summarized the book in the following words: 'What can be said at all can be said clearly; and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.'


Tractatus logico-philosophicus
'Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus[/] was meant to put an end to philosophy. As it turned out, it didn't, because he continued to write later on in life, although after reading it, most of his contemporaries had to keep silent for a bit.'

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