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Wittgenstein in Cambridge: Letters and Documents 1911-1951, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4701-9
512 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume collects the most substantial correspondence and documents relating to Wittgenstein's long association with Cambridge between the years 1911 and his death in 1951, including the letters he exchanged with his most illustrious Cambridge contemporaries Russell, Keynes, Moore, and Ramsey (and previously published as Cambridge Letters).
  • Now expanded to include 200 previously unpublished letters and documents, including correspondence between Wittgenstein and the economist Piero Sraffa, and between Wittgenstein and his pupils
  • Includes extensive editorial annotations
  • Provides a fascinating and intimate insight into Wittgenstein's life and thought
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Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

List of Letters and Documents 15

Letters 29

Bibliography 481

Index of Correspondents and Document Sources 490

Index 492

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Brian McGuinness is now Professor of the History of Philosophy at Siena. Past publications include the translation of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (with David Pears) and A Life of Wittegenstein (Volume 1, Young Ludwig, 1988), the second volume of which is due to be published shortly.
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  • Collects the most substantial correspondence and documents relating to Wittgenstein’s long association with Cambridge between the years 1911 and his death in 1951
  • Includes the letters he exchanged with his most illustrious Cambridge contemporaries Russell, Keynes, Moore and Ramsey (and previously published by Blackwell as Ludwig Wittgenstein: Cambridge Letters)
  • Now expanded to include 200 previously unpublished letters and documents, including correspondence between Wittgenstein and the economist Piero Sraffa, and between Wittgenstein and his pupils
  • Includes extensive editorial annotations
  • Provides a fascinating and intimate insight into Wittgenstein’s life and thought
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“One could say, this book takes a close look at Wittgenstein’s face; and whether or not this will interest anyone, he was nonetheless a human being and so it may have value.”  (The Dabbler, 18 May 2012)

"The publication of all this new material is to be welcomed ... .[A] very handsome book, and impeccably edited. In his notes (conveniently placed after each letter and not at the end of the book), the editor gives just the right amount of background and further information to explain references to people and events in the letters." (Times Literary Supplement, March 2010)

"A beautifully produced and immaculately edited volume, [McGuinness] collects together a rich mass of letters and other documents." (London Review of Books, January 2009)

"Primarily a historical and biographical resource. The editor's stated aim is to picture a portion of Wittgenstein's 'pattern of ... life and work' centered on Cambridge. He has ... succeeded." (Notre Dame Reviews, October 2008)

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