The Philosophy of Wittgenstein: A Collection of Online Resources and Key Quotes

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This page aims to make learning about the philosophy of Wittgenstein as easy as possible by bringing together the best articles, podcasts, and videos from across the internet onto one page. To get started, simply choose one of the resources listed below, or browse a selection of key quotes by Wittgenstein at the bottom of the page.

Encyclopedia Articles

This section features articles from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The SEP is probably the most comprehensive online philosophy resource. It features in-depth articles on a huge number of philosophical topics, however, it is aimed at an academic audience and may be too detailed and technical for beginners. The IEP is generally more beginner-friendly but is also considered to be less reliable. Wikipedia is also an option, but it is much less reliable than either of these.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Articles

This section features short articles written by professional philosophers and aimed at a general audience. These articles are ideal for anyone looking for a shorter or more beginner-friendly introduction to Wittgenstein than the encyclopedia articles listed above.

1000-Word Philosophy

Aeon

The Conversation

The New York Times (The Stone)

The Guardian

OUP Blog

Podcasts

This section features episodes from leading philosophy podcasts. These are also aimed at a general audience and are a good option for beginners who prefer audio content.

Philosophy Bites

In Our Time

The Philosopher’s Zone

Elucidations

Minerva

Short Videos (<30 mins)

This section features short videos aimed at beginners.

BBC Radio 4

Miscellaneous

Lectures/Longer Videos (>30 mins)

This section features longer videos and lectures.

Course Syllabi

This section features a selection of university course syllabi. Browsing course syllabi can be a useful way to find reading recommendations.

Book Recommendations

This section features requests for book recommendations on philosophy forums. These can also be useful to browse when trying to find reading recommendations.

Books

There is only so much that you can learn using free online resources. This section features books that may be useful if you’re looking to learn more about Wittgenstein. This list was created using the books featured in the course syllabi and forum recommendations above.

Quotes

This section features a selection of key quotes by Wittgenstein.


The world is everything that is the case.

– Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, prop. 1


The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

– Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, prop. 5.6


Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

– Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, prop. 7


If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.

– Philosophical Investigations, pt. 2, sect. 10


The problems [of philosophy] are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have always known. Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.

– Philosophical Investigations, pt. 1, sect. 109


What is the purpose of philosophy? – To shew the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.

– Philosophical Investigations, pt. 1, sect. 309


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