Ludwig Wittgenstein

(1889-1951 / Vienna)

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

  • ''The world is everything that is the case.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), British (Austrian born) philosopher. Trans. by C.K. Ogden (1922). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, the opening line of the book (1922). Announcing a fact-ontology (by contrast with one based on things).
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  • ''What can be shown, cannot be said.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 4.1212.
  • ''The world is independent of my will.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.373.
  • ''All philosophy is a 'critique of language' (though not in Mauthner's sense). It was Russell who performed the service of showing that the apparent logical form of a proposition need not be its real one.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 4.0031.
  • ''It is an hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.36311.
  • ''Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 4.112.
  • ''Propositions show what they say: tautologies and contradictions show that they say nothing.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 4.461.
  • ''Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Zettel, sct. 55 (1967).

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