A book launch event for The Creation of Wittgenstein was organized at September 25th at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies as a special session of the von Wright and Wittgenstein seminar, with Martin Gustafsson, Alois Pichler and David Stern as commentators.
During his life-time Ludwig Wittgenstein published less than 100 pages of philosophy. After his death Wittgenstein’s literary executors published a number of “works by Wittgenstein”. These works “created” Wittgenstein as the author of philosophical works on specific topics and theories about them. The problematic relation between the editorial choices and Wittgenstein’s own philosophy have only recently started to attract the scholarly attention that the topic deserves. We address this pristine terrain through careful case-studies of the editorial history of Wittgenstein’s publications. The unpublished holdings of the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives (WWA) in Helsinki is a huge, untapped resource for the project. The project includes a strong digital humanities R & D aspect. The results will contribute to a reassessment of Wittgenstein’s contribution to the philosophical discourse of enlightenment.
THE CREATION OF WITTGENSTEIN
The roles of Rhees, Anscombe and von Wright
(ed. Thomas Wallgren)
PART I: Portraits of Wittgenstein's Literary Heirs
2. Rush Rhees: “Discussion is my only medicine”
3. A Portrait of Elizabeth Anscombe
4. Georg Henrik von Wright – A Biographical Sketch
PART II: Understanding the editors’ contributions to the Wittgenstein scholars have known and the philosophical implications of their achievement
5. The Letters which Rush Rhees, Elizabeth Anscombe, and Georg Henrik von Wright Sent to Each Other
6. The Revision of Wittgenstein’s Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics
7. Naked, please! Elizabeth Anscombe as Translator and Editor of Wittgenstein
8. From a Collection of Aphorisms to the Setting of Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy: G.H. von Wright’s work on Wittgenstein’s general remarks.
9. “… finding and inventing intermediate links”: On Rhees and the Preparation and Publication of Bemerkungen über Frazers “The Golden Bough”
Peter K. Westergaard,
10. Editorial Approaches to Wittgenstein’s “Last Writings” (1949–51): Elizabeth Anscombe, G.H. von Wright and Rush Rhees in Dialogue.
11. Art’s Part in Wittgenstein’s Philosophy
12. Unearthing the Socratic Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein's will. Facsimilie of G.H. von Wright’s exemplar, kept at WWA.
- Table of writings published postuhumously with Ludwig Wittgenstein named as author and at least one of the following as editor: Rush Rhees. G.E.M. Anscombe, G.H. von Wright. Created by Rickard Nylund in cooperation with Thomas Wallgren
- Compiled by Patrik Forss in cooperation with Thomas Wallgren.
NOTE ON ARCHIVAL RESOURCES
- Compiled by Anna Lindelöf in cooperation with Bernt Österman and Thomas Wallgren.