In Laboratory for Society and Education (ed.), Sketching a Place for Education in Times of Learning. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 91-94 (2018)

Lavinia Marin
Delft University of Technology
When Wittgenstein was young, he wrote a small book intended to solve all of philosophy’s problems with language, called Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922). As an intellectual piece, the Tractatus is a strange beast, written by a student with the voice of a professor. Its process of creation resembles that of a fictional piece: the author is struck by inspiration, labours in solitude, and then translates the vision onto paper. Yet the Tractatus was not meant to be a work of fiction, rather to have the final say in a conceptual debate about the relation between language and world. This little book was meant to be the end of all philosophical conversation, the final nail in its coffin. Written outside the university, the Tractatus had the ambition of ending the academic conversation in philosophy, while it refused to engage with that conversation. This was not fair-play on any account. The Tractatus was never intended to be an academic text; it had no footnotes, no references to other authors. It was a vision of language that Wittgenstein had shared with the world.
Keywords academic writing  technology of the self  wittgenstein  text
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Tractatus logico-philosophicus.Ludwig Wittgenstein - 1922 - Filosoficky Casopis 52:336-341.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Desperately Seeking Wittgenstein.John Gunnell - 2004 - European Journal of Political Theory 3 (1):77-98.
Writing Successful Academic Books.Anthony Haynes - 1989 - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Review of Helen Sword's Stylish Academic Writing. [REVIEW]Rory J. Conces - 2013 - Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Update (6):1-2.
Visions of Hypertext: Literacy Implied in Electronic Writing.Jin Shen - 2007 - Philosophy and Culture 34 (11):113-135.
Academic Writing, Genres and Philosophy.Michael A. Peters - 2008 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 40 (7):819-831.
Analytical Philosophy of Technology.F. Rapp - 1985 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 63:520.


Added to PP index

Total views
77 ( #150,305 of 2,507,563 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
7 ( #102,846 of 2,507,563 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes