Philosophy as Poetry – Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logio-Philosophicus

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Proposition 5.6, Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

Ludwig Wittgenstein‘s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is a bold experiment in literary form and expression, in addition to being a monumental work of 20th Century philosophy. For the most part, its influence have been ascribed to the power of its ideas about logic, language, and the world as it can be revealed by philosophy. According to Ed Simon, the book’s impact is due in no small part because of the incantatory power of its poetic composition.

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