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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Mar 23, 2011

really liked it

I am in no way a logician, so the formally technical passages of this work were lost on me, but Wittgenstein's more classical philosophical musings (even though he later refuted many of them) were consistent with the worldview in which I most often operate. I read in them many precursors to postmodern literary theory, with a healthy dose of solipsism. It is certainly an intellectually engaging work, even for those of us for whom the many equations are all but unintelligible, and even in such cases, Wittgenstein often (but not always) explains the "math" in plain language. My only wish is that formal logic had not seeped its way into 20th Century philosophy. It seems to be a quest for concreteness in a field that survives best on the basis of plurality and mutability.
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