This has been copied from the LA School, seems like a fascinating and timely survey. We should have a group of teachers to tackle this indeed complex treatise:
Anyone want to read and discuss Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus? It is extremely difficult, but in terms of reading something of importance, you can't go wrong--like or dislike its contents. Wittgenstein is still a controversial figure: for example, Alain Badiou tries to defend traditional philosophy from Wittgenstein's "antiphilosophy" in a recent book. He takes a stand against Wittgenstein's "sophism" as a trivialization of the serious tasks of philosophy. Is such a trivialization the only serious task? Does Wittgenstein get the last laugh?
Wittgenstein, from On Certainty: "I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again 'I know that that's a tree,' pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell them: 'This fellow isn't insane. We are only doing philosophy.'"