By Ben Ware

Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922) is still some of the most enigmatic works of 20th century proposal. during this daring and unique new research, Ben Ware argues that Wittgenstein's early masterpiece is neither an analytic treatise on language and good judgment, nor a quasi-mystical paintings trying to speak 'ineffable' truths. as an alternative, we come to appreciate the Tractatus through greedy it in a twofold feel: first, as a dialectical paintings which invitations the reader to beat sure 'illusions of thought'; and moment as a modernist paintings whose anti-philosophical ambition is in detail tied to its radical aesthetic character.

By putting the Tractatus in the strength box of modernism, Dialectic of the Ladder clears the floor for a brand new and demanding exploration of the work's moral size. It additionally casts new mild upon the cultural, aesthetic and political significances of Wittgenstein's writing, revealing hitherto unacknowledged affinities with a bunch of philosophical and literary authors, together with Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, Adorno, Benjamin, and Kafka.

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