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[[ Download Kindle ]] ô Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus × Perhaps the most important work of philosophy written in the twentieth century, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus was the only philosophical work that Ludwig Wittgenstein published during his life 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 David Pears and Brian McGuinness received the highest praise for their meticulous translation The work is prefaced by Bertrand Russell s original introduction to the first English edition What the hell am I supposed to say about this The parts I understood were hugely inspirational to my own thoughts, if I did indeed understand those parts, which I suspect I did not.What a shame that someone so clever who had decided that this book was the be all and end all to problems in philosophy could only communicate them in a form that often eludes human comprehension.It s like the saying that if the human brain were simple enough for us to understand it then we would be too stupid to do s What the hell am I supposed to say about this The parts I understood were hugely inspirational to my own thoughts, if I did indeed understand those parts, which I suspect I did not.What a shame that someone so clever who had decided that this book was the be all and end all to problems in philosophy could only communicate them in a form that often eludes human comprehension.It s like the saying that if the human brain were simple enough for us to understand it then we would be too stupid to do so, that the brain was not something we were ever going to understand.Perhaps if someone were indeed smart enough to resolve all problems in philosophy then they could only communicate it in an incomprehensible language.Then they would decide later that they were wrong anyway.WTF Donald Trump s latest protestations about having to fight the crooked media remind me of a famous passage from 5.62 of the Tractatus Was der Solipsismus n mlich m e i n t, ist ganz richtig, nur l sst es sich nicht s a g e n, sondern es zeigt sich Dass die Welt m e i n e Welt ist, das zeigt sich darin, dass die Grenzen d e r Sprache der Sprache, die allein ich verstehe die Grenzen m e i n e r Welt bedeuten.In fact what solipsism means, is quite correct, only it cannot be said, but it shows Donald Trump s latest protestations about having to fight the crooked media remind me of a famous passage from 5.62 of the Tractatus Was der Solipsismus n mlich m e i n t, ist ganz richtig, nur l sst es sich nicht s a g e n, sondern es zeigt sich Dass die Welt m e i n e Welt ist, das zeigt sich darin, dass die Grenzen d e r Sprache der Sprache, die allein ich verstehe die Grenzen m e i n e r Welt bedeuten.In fact what solipsism means, is quite correct, only it cannot be said, but it shows itself That the world is my world, shows itself in the fact that the limits of the language the language which I understand mean the limits of my world.Donald, I believe I understand what you wish to say Everyone else is crooked everyone else is a loser only you are exempt But somehow you are unable to express these self evident truths except in your internal language Frustrating, isn t it Wittgenstein was deathly afraid of uttering nonsense whereas I, clearly, am not how else could I stomach writing so many book reviews This book is a work of high art beautiful, austere, and sweeping Wittgenstein is self consciously attempting to speak the unspeakable in his opinion, at least which is why the language is so succinct and severe He has no use for literary niceties, flowing prose, or extended exposition One gets the feeling that, for Wittgenstein, writing philosophy is repugn Wittgenstein was deathly afraid of uttering nonsense whereas I, clearly, am not how else could I stomach writing so many book reviews This book is a work of high art beautiful, austere, and sweeping Wittgenstein is self consciously attempting to speak the unspeakable in his opinion, at least which is why the language is so succinct and severe He has no use for literary niceties, flowing prose, or extended exposition One gets the feeling that, for Wittgenstein, writing philosophy is repugnant, akin to unclogging a toilet, something he would like to get over with as soon as possible Come to think of it, the toilet metaphor is especially apt Wittgenstein honestly thinks that the whole of Western philosophy has been literally nonsense, and wishes to free the pipes of thought from all the years of accumulated filth And the coup de gr ce is that, after condemning the philosophical tradition, he condemns his own work The Tractatus is almost meant to be like a purgative you swallow it just to spit everything back up Wittgenstein has fully mastered the precept that thetime one spends arguing a point, the less likely that point seems His conclusions are so sweeping, his sentences so forceful, that one is tempted to unthinkingly agree with him Nevertheless, after some consideration, I doubt that many people accept his conclusions I don t In fact, Wittgenstein s aforementioned fear of saying something nonsensical may be have limited him It s almost as if he had a superstitious fear of transgressing the bounds of sense a superstition all theperplexing because he places its object outside the realm of thought But, like most good books of philosophy, the Tractatus is rewarding to read even if one doesn t accept its conclusions So, read it, I say Spend time on every sentence, and savor every word, and maybe Wittgenstein will unclog the toilet of your mind What can I say about Tractatus that hasn t been said a million times before Crystalline gnomic dense wrong Well, I don t disagree with any of that, but it would be nice to have an image I ask my subconscious if it can come up with anything, and while I m in the shower it shows me the sequence from Terry Gilliam s 1988 movie The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, where John Neville and Eric Idle build a hot air balloon made entirely from women s lingerie.I am about to smack my subconscio What can I say about Tractatus that hasn t been said a million times before Crystalline gnomic dense wrong Well, I don t disagree with any of that, but it would be nice to have an image I ask my subconscious if it can come up with anything, and while I m in the shower it shows me the sequence from Terry Gilliam s 1988 movie The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, where John Neville and Eric Idle build a hot air balloon made entirely from women s lingerie.I am about to smack my subconscious upside the head for its appalling presumption, but suddenly I see that it could have a point Hm, yes, you are first struck by the amazing chutzpah of the idea, and then you are convinced that it can t possibly fly, but somehow it does It s obviously crazy, but also quite unforgettable And they use it to escape from an apparently life threatening predicament which, it turns out, was only ever in their imagination.OK, subconscious, now I see what you mean But don t push your luck too far