by Ludwig Wittgenstein
My entire poetic production is founded upon Wittgenstein’s later writings. Although it has sat on my shelf for decades, I never actually read the Tractatus. But I always loved the idea of it; I am a conceptual writer, after all.
A major philosophical work, one of the most important written in the twentieth century, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is Ludwig Wittgenstein’s attempt to conquer reality through logic.
Written as a series of precisely numbered propositions, it elucidates the relationship of language to logic and to reality, ending with an infamous statement of breathtaking clarity: “What can be said at all, can be said clearly; and what we cannot talk about we must pass over to silence.”
Kenneth Goldsmith, on his maiden voyage into the unforgiving rigour of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, shows no appetite for timidity. This edition of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus reveals the breadth and the depth not just of its original author’s genius, but also of the intervening poet’s creative fervour. Mark-ups, redactions, original drawings, underlinings, highlights, additions and revisions on additions – the lines between original and derivative work completely blurred. This unique book, more an original production than a layered version of the text, pushes the boundaries of the series, and of the mind altogether.
Please note that due to its unique content and appearance, this book has a new title, “I Declare a Permanent State of Happiness”, an updated format (Paperback, 26x35cm), and has been moved under a separate imprint – and is available here.