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Major Works: Selected Philosophical Writings

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Major Works is the finest single-volume anthology of influential philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's important writings. Featuring the complete texts of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, The Blue and Brown Books: Studies for 'Philosophical Investigations,' and On Certainty, this new collection selects from the early, middle, and later career of this revolutionary thinker, wide ...more
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Published March 10th 2009 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published March 1st 2009)
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Phil
(before my review, I will say that I was slightly disappointed in the typos throughout the HarperPerennial x ModernThought publications. Be that as it may, I will not count it against my rating.)

This truly is a masterpiece of modern thought. It is little that Wittgenstein has been picked up as a predecessor to both right wing (analytic) and left wing (continental) philosophers. He leaves so much room for thought and there are so many facets that one can explore that, as I just mentioned, can be
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I am not rating this book. i still don't know how to rate this work, As Wittgenstein put it " whereof one cannot speak one must keep silent" . Why? Because whatever you say is going to be wrong. Here Even admitting my failure is going to make it wrong...........

i think there is some criterion for liking and disliking a thing.Also there is attitudes and interests ,it may be on anything varying from object to subject or material to spiritual etc etc.This may constitute both conscious and unconsc
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NaomiRuth
I love Wittgenstein so much. I was so hooked and didn't want to stop reading.

I had read On Certainty before, but found the translation difficult to follow. I liked this translation much better (though I don't know German, so I can't speak to whether it's a better translation or not). I found it easier to follow.

Love, love, love that I own this book. I want to read it again.
Bobby
What an incredible mind! Wittgenstein is not for the faint of philosophical heart. This work is much more relevant than we have even begun to realize.
jyh
I found it well-done but a little redundant (to me, not to itself).
Kirby Gann
Prepare your mind for serious bending.
luuucas hein
terrible edition - crippling typos
Jack
No review needed.
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Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language.

Described by Bertrand Russell as "the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived, passionate, profound, intense, and dominating", he helped inspire t
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