LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN: THE TRACTATUS ODYSSEY
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
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Trinity College, Cambridge
The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
The University of Bergen
Forschungsinstitut Brenner-Archiv der Universität Innsbruck
Wittgenstein Foundation Skjolden
Austrian State Archive
University of Iowa
Bundesgymnasium und Bundesrealgymnasium Wien 3 Kundmanngasse
Wittgenstein moved to Manchester in May 1908, after three semesters studying mechanical engineering
Wittgenstein designed the house in the spring of 1914, for his next stay in Skjolden. In the meantime, World War I…
God be with me!
I‘ve written a book called „Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung“ containing all my work of the last 6 years.
… My work consists of two parts: of the one which is here, and of everything which I have not written. And precisely this second
part is the important one.
The Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus exerted a great influence on various philosophical schools, but especially on the Vienna Circle. Among the members of this circle were