Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781551119809 / 1551119803
  • 224 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

  • Publication Date: May 12, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781551119809 / 1551119803
  • 224 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is among the most ambitious and influential philosophical works of the early twentieth century, and in recent years it has again occupied a central position in discussions of Wittgenstein’s philosophy. Written in an austere and meticulous style, the Tractatus addresses questions in the philosophy of language, logic, and metaphysics, and, according to its author, provides a solution to all the problems of philosophy. This Broadview Edition contains the original English translation by C.K. Ogden and Frank P. Ramsey, annotated and revised by the editor for improved accuracy and clarity. Appendices include important material by Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell, as well as excerpts from Wittgenstein’s other writings.


“This new edition of the Tractatus updates the classic translation by Ogden and Ramsey and includes many helpful additional texts, including several by philosophers ranging from Plato to Russell who substantively influenced Wittgenstein’s project. It will be an invaluable resource, both for students who are encountering Wittgenstein’s work for the first time and for scholars who wish to understand the work better in its historical, conceptual, and philosophical context.” — Paul Livingston, University of New Mexico

Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Notes to the Tractatus

Appendix A: Influences and Antecedents

  1. From Plato, Theaetetus
  2. From Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Idea (1859)
  3. From Heinrich Hertz, The Principles of Mechanics Presented in a New Form (1894)
  4. From Paul Engelmann, Letters from Ludwig Wittgenstein with A Memoir (1968)

Appendix B: Gottlob Frege’s Philosophical Writings

  1. From Gottlob Frege, “Sense and Meaning” (1892)
  2. From Gottlob Frege, “On the Foundations of Geometry” (1906)

Appendix C: Writings by Bertrand Russell

  1. From Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell, Principia Mathematica (1910)
  2. From Bertrand Russell, “Mathematical Logic as based on a Theory of Types” (1908)
  3. From Bertrand Russell, Theory of Knowledge: The 1913 Manuscript (1913)
  4. From Bertrand Russell, Introduction to the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)

Appendix D: Additional Material by Wittgenstein

  1. From Wittgenstein’s Letters to Russell (1912-19)
  2. From Ludwig Wittgenstein, “A Lecture on Ethics” (1929)



Marc A. Joseph is Professor of Philosophy at Mills College.