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.
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
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
- Wittgenstein’s Logical Atomism
- Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Mathematics
- Wittgenstein’s Aesthetics
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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.
- What is truth? On Ramsey, Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle
- Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein v Heraclitus
- Atheists vs religious belief, with Wittgenstein on the stand
- How playing Wittgensteinian language-games can set us free
- Do you see a duck or a rabbit: just what is aspect perception?
- How Ludwig Wittgenstein’s secret boyfriend helped deliver the philosopher’s seminal work
- Wittgenstein and the Dangers of Certainty
The New York Times (The Stone)
- Investigating Wittgenstein, part 1: Falling in love
- Investigating Wittgenstein, part 2: Meaning is use
- Investigating Wittgenstein, part 3: Religion as a language game
- Investigating Wittgenstein, part 4: Private language
- Investigating Wittgenstein, part 5: Other selves
- Investigating Wittgenstein, part 6: What see’st thou else?
- Investigating Wittgenstein, part 7: Abandoning the lost battle
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.
In Our Time
The Philosopher’s Zone
- The puzzlement of Ludwig Wittgenstein
- The artist and the philosopher – Gustav Klimt and Ludwig Wittgenstein
- The unhappy family of Ludwig Wittgenstein
Short Videos (<30 mins)
This section features short videos aimed at beginners.
BBC Radio 4
Lectures/Longer Videos (>30 mins)
This section features longer videos and lectures.
- John Searle on Ludwig Wittgenstein
- Ludwig Wittgenstein (A. C. Grayling)
- The Two Philosophies of Wittgenstein
See this page for course syllabi on Wittgenstein.
See this list of the best books on Wittgenstein.
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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