By Hans-Johann Glock, John Hyman

The so much entire survey of Wittgenstein’s concept but compiled, this quantity of 50 newly commissioned essays via major interpreters of his philosophy is a keynote addition to the Blackwell sequence at the world’s nice philosophers, masking every thing from Wittgenstein’s highbrow improvement to the newest interpretations of his highly influential principles. The lucid, enticing observation additionally experiences Wittgenstein’s historic legacy and his persisted impression on modern philosophical debate.

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The volume shows that (and how) Wittgenstein did not write but rather arranged his first book, and the fac­ simile reproduction shows how hard he worked on every detail of it. The volume contained an introductory note that “all the good propositions from my other manu­ scripts” should be assembled between the major propositions of his work (PT 41). He would work in a similar spirit again after 1929. In 1918 Wittgenstein was able to complete his investigations and to arrange all of his material into his Logisch‐Philosophische Abhandlung, as he preferred to call it.

Because of Russell’s introduction the book was finally accepted by the German publishers Reclam. However, when 14 Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Sketch of His Life Wittgenstein received Russell’s manuscript, he could not bring himself to agree to its publication alongside his book, and so Reclam withdrew their offer. Wittgenstein c­omforted himself with the following argument: Either my piece is a work of the highest rank, or it is not a work of the highest rank. In the latter (and more probable) case I myself am in favour of it not being printed.

Then, he would cut up the typescript, rearrange the remarks and have it typed again. From the early 1930s onwards, he hoped that, by this means, he would be able to produce a satisfactory book of his later thought. Despite several attempts, however, he was never able to accomplish this and the task of publishing his work has fallen to his literary executors, who have had the unenviable responsibility of deciding which journals and typescripts to print and in what form. The nearest Wittgenstein came during his lifetime to publishing his later work was during the academic year 1933–1934, when he canceled his lectures and, instead of lecturing, dictated his ideas to a small group of his favorite students, who then distributed them to the much larger group that had registered for the class.

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