100 Years Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus


“The work is strictly philosophical and, at the same time, literary, but there is no babbling in it.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s path to his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus can rightly be termed an odyssey. Both in the temporal and spatial sense, as well as Wittgenstein’s intellectual development in the course of writing it, the Tractatus contains all the associations of an exciting, improbable journey.


1889        26 April    Born in Vienna, in the family villa in Neuwaldegg

1912         Cambridge Trinity College, as Undergraduate, meeting with Bertrand Russell

                   Visit to Frege in Jena

1914         August      Volunteers for service in the Austrian army

                  Arrival in Cracow, assigned to one of the Vistula ships “for the operation of a spotlight”.

1915        August      Transfer to Sokal to artillery workshop train no. 1

1916        October    Officer training in Olomouc, meets Paul Engelmann

1917        January     Return to the front in Bukowina

1918        August      Completion of the Tractatus in Austria, during a home leave

                  November   Taken Prisoner of War in Italy, Cassino

1919        August      back to Vienna. Distributes his fortune to his siblings

                  September    Starts training for an elementary school teacher

1920-1926   Elementary school teacher in villages in Lower Austria

1921        November    Logical-Philosophical Treatise appears in the “Annals of Natural Philosophy”

1922        November    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is published in English-German version


Curated by Radmila Schweitzer

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Wittgenstein  1920 to 1922

Wittgenstein 1920 to 1922

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