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Flies in the History of Philosophy
WITTGENSTEIN wrote in the Preface to his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), 'Perhaps this book will be understood only by someone who has himself already had the thoughts that are expressed in it — or at least similar thoughts... Its purpose would be achieved if it gave pleasure to one person who read and understood it.'

The author was a genius, and his book is today recognized as one of the most important works of philosophy written in the 20th century.

We recognize that in the real world, few authors are destined for lasting fame. It is a heavy burden indeed to think that one is capable of writing a 'great' work of philosophy. Then why write at all? What is the point?

Will your book be worth reading by even one person? Many are not. Publishing houses are inundated by tides of mediocre claptrap. The irony is of course that no author thinks this of his or her own work.

Our aim is modest. We want to see books that are genuinely worth reading by at least one person. With luck, by making your work available through ISFP Publishing you might find the reader — or readers! — that you deserve. What happens next is entirely up to you.

We like to think that, just occasionally, a book may come along which has the potential to top the bestseller lists. But we're not counting on it. We are not in this for profit, but because we want to give philosophical books of quality a chance.

By signing up to ISFP Publishing you grant us the non-exclusive right to distribute your work electronically. No fees are charged and we do not take commission. Copyright remains yours. If you are lucky to find a commercial publisher, then your book will be removed from the list on your request.

Interested? Then email and we'll take things from there.

Geoffrey Klempner


Old Paper Texture by Playingwithbrushes used under Creative Commons license.

Background 'A page of Wittgenstein's notes for the Tractatus, 16th August 1916' (Source).

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