I recently finished a biography of Ludwig WIttgenstein and came away thinking that, while the man was probably brilliant, he was not by any means a person who was easy to know. That aside, I started to read his first work, Tractus Logio-Philosophicus (1921/2), and immediately realized I was way out of my depth, particularly as I’m not a huge fan of analytical philosophy.
Wittgenstein’s basic argument is thus:
- The world is everything that is the case.
- What is the case, the fact, is the existence of atomic facts.
- The logical picture of the facts is the thought.
- The thought is the significant proposition.
- Propositions are truth-functions of elementary propositions. (The elementary proposition is a truth-function of itself.)
- The general form of truth-function is: . This is the general form of proposition.
- Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
Needless to say, a lot goes on in between those propositions. My question is simply this … does any reader know of a useful “Wittgenstein for Dummies” type book or for that matter web exposition?