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Wittgenstein's Tractatus


Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science is required.

Toehoorders / à la carte-studenten hebben alleen toegang tot deze cursus met toestemming van de docent.


Wittgenstein’s Tractatus is one of the most influential philosophical works in the 20th century. Its overall structure and general doctrine are relatively easy to grasp, but its details can be frustratingly difficult. The course aims at a thorough, and reasonably close reading of the work, tracing its background in “the great works of Frege and the writings of … Betrand Russell”, as well as in Schopenhauer, Tolstoy and Hertz. Reading, and sometimes other assignments are given each week.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


Thursday, 18:45 – 22:00 (please note: 3 hours)

See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2011-2012 , BA Wijsbegeerte (BA Plus-traject of Standaardtraject)
See Timetables Philosophy 2011-2012 , Timetable Undergraduate Courses in English

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

The examination will be by means of a substantial take home task.

Reading list

To be announced


Please register for this course on uSis.

Exchange students and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

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Contact information

Prof.dr. B.G. Sundholm


This course is compulsory for undergraduate students in Philosophy specialising in “Theoretical Philosophy”.