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.