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In his lifetime, Ludwig Wittgenstein published only one book review, one article, a children's dictionary,
and the 75-page "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" [1921]. His posthumously-published "Philosophical Investigations" [1953]
was ranked in 1999 as the most important book of XXth-Century philosophy.

“Wittgenstein [is] the philosopher of poets and composers, playwrights and novelists.”
— critic Terry Eagleton, circa 1993

“What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.”

“How hard I find it to see what is right in front of my eyes!”

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


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Major  Works

"Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung" in Annalen der Naturphilosophie, 14 [1921]
"Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" 1922 translation by C.K. Ogden

"Philosophische Untersuchungen" [1953]
"Philosophical Investigations, translated by G.E.M. Anscombe (1953)

"Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" [1922/1923] online German text and Ogden-Ramsey translation

A collection of Ludwig Wittgenstein's manuscripts is held by Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K

works by Ludwig Wittgenstein at Project Gutenberg

Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen

Other  Works  &  Interpretations

"Philosophische Bemerkungen" [1964] Edited by Rush Rhees
"Philosophical Remarks" [1975] and "Philosophical Grammar" [1978]

"Letters From Ludwig Wittgenstein" [Basil Blackwell, 1967] Edited by Paul Engelmann

"Bemerkungen über die Farben" [1977] Edited by G.E.M. Anscombe
English "Remarks On Colour" [1991] remarks on Goethe's "Theory of Colours"

"Wittgenstein's Lectures On The Foundations of Mathematics"
[Univ Chicago Press, 1989] Edited by Cora Diamond

"Wittgenstein On Ethics and Religious Belief" [Blackwell, 1991] by Cyril Barrett

The Wittgenstein Reader book by Sir Anthony Kenny  "The Wittgenstein Reader" [2005] by Sir Anthony Kenny
Wiley-Blackwell 2nd edition 9x6 pb [8/00] for $45.54
Wiley-Blackwell 2nd edition 9¼x6¼ hardcover [12/2005] for $148.95 {sic}

"Wittgenstein In Cambridge: Letters and Documents, 1911-1951"
[Wiley-Blackwell, 2008] Edited by Brian McGuinness

Books  About  Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Memoir" [Oxford Univ Press, 1958] by Norman Malcolm

"Wittgenstein" [1973] by William Warren Bartley

"The Architecture of Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Documentation" [Press of the Nova Scotia College
of Art & Design, 1973] by Bernhard Leitner

"The Danger of Words and Writings On Wittgenstein" [Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1973]
by Maurice O'Connor Drury

"Wittgenstein: Understanding and Meaning" [Blackwell, 1980] by G.P. Baker & P.M.S. Hacker

"Wittgenstein: Rules, Grammar, and Necessity" [Blackwell, 1985] by G.P. Baker & P.M.S. Hacker

"Insight and Illusion: Themes In The Philosophy of Wittgenstein"
[Clarendon Press, 1986] by P.M.S. Hacker

"Ludwig Wittgenstein: Critical Assessments" [Croom Helm, 1986] Edited by S. & V.A. Shanker

"Wittgenstein" biography [Sep 1986] by A. J. Ayer

"The World As I Found It: A Recreation of Wittgenstein's Life"
[Ticknor & Fields, 1987] by Bruce Duffy

"The False Prison: A Study of The Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy"
[Oxford Univ Press, Volume 1 1987 & Volume 1988] by David F. Pears

"Wittgenstein: A Life - Young Ludwig 1889-1921" [Univ California Press, 1988]
by Brian McGuinness

"Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard: Religion, Individuality and Philosophical Method"
[Routledge, 1989] by Charles Creegan

"Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius" [Free Press, 1990] by Ray Monk

"Wittgenstein: Meaning and Mind" [Blackwell, 1990] by G.P. Baker & P.M.S. Hacker

"Pulling Up The Ladder: The Metaphysical Roots of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus"
[Open Court, 1990] by Richard R. Brockhaus

"Wittgenstein's Place In Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy" [Blackwell, 1996] by P.M.S. Hacker

"Wittgenstein: Mind and Will" [Blackwell, 1996] by P.M.S. Hacker

"The Cambridge Companion To Wittgenstein" [Cambridge Univ Press, 1996]
Edited by Hans D. Sluga =

"Wittgenstein's Ladder: Poetic Language and The Strangeness of The Ordinary"
[Univ Chicago Press, 1996] by Marjorie Perloff

Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes book by Paul Strathern  "Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes" [1996]
by Paul Strathern

Ivan R. Dee, Publr 8x5 pb [10/96] for $5.95
Ivan R. Dee, Publr 8¼x5¼ hardcover [10/96] for $14.95
Introducing Ludwig Wittgenstein book by John M. Heaton & Judy Groves  "Introducing Wittgenstein" [1996]
by John Heaton & Judy Groves

Icon/Totem 8x5½ pb [10/2005] for $11.01
Icon/Totem 8x5½ pb [10/96] for $9.31
Wittgenstein's Development book by Laurence Goldstein  "Clear and Queer Thinking: Wittgenstein's Development and His Relevance To Modern Thought" [1999] by Laurence Goldstein
Rowman & Littlefield 9x6 pb [4/99] out of print/many used
Rowman & Littlefield 9¼x6½ hardcover [4/99] for $102.00 {sic}
Wittgenstein's Poker book by David Edmonds & John Eidinow  "Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of A Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers" [2001 bestseller] by David Edmonds & John Eidinow
In October 1946, Austrian philosopher Karl Popper was invited to lecture at Cambridge Uni-versity in England. A meeting was arranged with fellow Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein, along with their common mentor Bertrand Russell. But the great minds clashed from the beginning, sparks flew, and Wittgenstein supposedly threatened Popper with a fireplace poker. Accounts of witnesses vary in extreme, and the authors here attempt to determine the facts.
Harper Perennial 7¼x5¼ pb [9/2002] for $9.64
Faber & Faber 7½x5 pb [4/2002] out of print/used
Ecco Press 7¼x5¼ hardcover [10/2001] out of print/scores used

"Wittgenstein: Biography and Philosophy" [Cambridge University Press, 2001] by James Carl Klagge

"Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction" [Oxford Univ Press, 7/2001] by A.C. Grayling 9780192854117

"Feminist Interpretations of Ludwig Wittgenstein" [Penn State Press, 2002]
Edited by Naomi Scheman & Peg O'Connor

"Wittgenstein: From A New Point of View" [Wittgenstein-Studien, 2003]
by J. Padilla Gálvez ISBN 3-631-50623-6.

"Ludwig Wittgenstein: Public and Private Occasions" [Rowman & Littlefield, 2003]
Edited by James Carl Klagge & Alfred Nordmann

"How To Read Wittgenstein" [9/2005] by Ray Monk

"Wittgenstein" biography [Jan 2006] by Sir Anthony Kenny

"Ludwig Wittgenstein" [Reaktion Books, 2007] by Edward Kanterian

"Wittgenstein and The Moral Life: Essays In Honor of Cora Diamond" [5/2007] Edited by Alice Crary

"House of Wittgenstein: A Family At War" [Random House of Canada, 2008] by Alexander Waugh

"Philosophical Anthropology. Wittgenstein’s Perspectives" [Ontos Verlag, 2010]
by J. Padilla Gálvez ISBN 978-3-86838-067-5

Other  Media
incomplete Wittgenstein credits at Internet Movie Database

"Ludwig Wittgenstein: Biographische und Philosophische Untersuchungen (Biographical & Philosophical
Investigations)" [Westdeutscher Rundfunk Germany 1975]
hour-long TV movie written & directed by Ferry Radax; starring Dieter Stengel & Fred Stillkrauth
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • bare credits at IMDb

"The Two Philosophies of Wittgenstein" episode of "Men of Ideas" [BBC-TV Feb 1978]
45-minute color program featuring Oxford professors Bryan Magee {host} & Anthony Quinton
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • bare credits at IMDb

"Wittgenstein Tractatus" [1992 short]
35-minute b&w short in seven parts by Péter Forgács of Hungary
DVD/Blu-ray not available; • bare credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch trailer/excerpt [2:05] free online at Vimeo

"Wittgenstein" [B.F.I./Channel Four/Zeitgeist Films March 1993]
Wittgenstein 1993 movie by Derek Jarman   loosely based on Wittgenstein's life story as well as his philosophical thinking; the original movie script by Terry Eagleton was reworked by director Jarman then filmed before a black backdrop (with various props) as if on stage
Co-written & directed by Derek Jarman [1942-94]; the adult Wittgenstein is played by the Welsh actor Karl Johnson; also starring Michael Gough {as Bertrand Russell}, Tilda Swinton, John Quentin {as John Maynard Keynes}, Kevin Collins, Clancy Chassay, Nabil Shaban, Sally Dexter, Lynn Seymour, Donald McInnes, Jill Balcon, Gina Marsh, Vanya Del Borgo, Ben Scantlebury, Howard Sooley, David Radzinowicz, Jan Latham-Koenig
Zeitgeist Films color DVD [6/2008] for $29.92
Kino Video color VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"When Wittgenstein and Lyotard Talked With Jack and Jill: An Introduction To Postmodern Philosophy" docudrama [indep Aug 2006]
54-minute fantasy film made in Belgium; a young man conjures Wittgenstein and Lyotard to answer questions from his girlfriend
Produced, written & narrated by Lois Shawver; directed by Ludo Gielen; starring Pascale Wouters, Peter Aertsen, Bernard Bruggeman, Steven de Lelie, Ludo Gielen
CustomFlix color DVD-R [8/2006] for $34.00 • not listed on IMDb • watch 12/2007 official promo [2:02] online at YouTube

Wittgenstein at the Movies book by Béla Szabados & Christina Stojanova  "Wittgenstein At The Movies: Cinematic Investigations" [2011]
by Béla Szabados & Christina Stojanova

Ludwig Wittgenstein was a big fan of cinema; this book is an examination of his life and writings in relation to that art, as well as an in-depth look at the two major films about Wittgenstein, Péter Forgács' short of 1992 and Derek Jarman's feature of 1993
Kindle Edition from Lexington Books [4/2011] for $37.19
Lexington Books 9x6¼ hardcover [4/2011] for $60.00

L i n k s
Ludwig Wittgenstein entry at Wikipedia
Wittgenstein Archives at University of Bergen
article "Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889—1951)" [8/2004] by Duncan J. Richter,
on the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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