The Voices of Wittgenstein: The Vienna Circle : Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Waismann

The Voices of Wittgenstein: The Vienna Circle : Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Waismann

The Voices of Wittgenstein: The Vienna Circle : Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Waismann

The Voices of Wittgenstein: The Vienna Circle : Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Waismann

Synopsis

The Voices of Wittgenstein brings for the first time, in both the original German and in English translation, over one hundred short essays in philosophical logic and the philosophy of mind. This text is of key historical importance to understanding Wittgenstein's philosophical thought and development in the 1930's. Transcribed from the papers of Friedrich Waismann and dating from 1932 to 1935, the majority are highly important dictations by Wittgenstein to Waismann. It also includes texts of redrafted material by Waismann, closely based on these dictations.

Excerpt

The material gathered together in this volume consists of the original German texts and translations into English of a selected, edited and organized version of two sets of typescripts found among Friedrich Waismann's papers after his death in 1959. Most of these papers are now deposited in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and a catalogue of this archive has been compiled by Joachim Schulte and published in Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung (1979).

All of the texts presented here date from the period 1928-39, though none of them is accompanied by any explicit indication of either its origin or its purpose. In one case ('Diktat für Schlick'), external evidence suggests the text to be a typescript of a dictation to Waismann of material that Ludwig Wittgenstein wished to transmit to Moritz Schlick; this probably dates from December 1932. In most other cases, the nature and dating of each individual text must be inferred from its style or content. With the exception of one fragment of a dictation by Wittgenstein to Schlick ('Rot und Grün an demselben Ort') and one short typescript whose style suggests its having been drafted by Schlick ('Erinnergunsvertrauen'), all of the texts presented here were transcribed or composed by Waismann. All of them relate more or less directly to Wittgenstein, and all of them are connected with the project of writing the intended first volume of the Vienna Circle's series of publications (Die wissenschaftliche Weltauffassung) which was to be entitled Logik, Sprache, Philosophie.

It is of the greatest interest and importance to work out more exactly,

A few of the typescripts were produced on English-manufactured typing paper. They must postdate Waismann's coming to Cambridge in October 1937.

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