Wittgenstein's Family Letters

Wittgenstein's Family Letters : Corresponding with Ludwig

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With a quality all their own, Wittgenstein's Family Letters reveal a side of Ludwig Wittgenstein few would have known. The familiarity and intimacy of the letters offer new insights into the development of his relationships and ideas over the course of forty years. In his usual frank, and sometimes brutally honest manner, he explains his decisions to lead a life in absolute agreement with what he considered right for him. In correspondence with his siblings we learn more about Ludwig's refusal to be known as a 'Wittgenstein' during his time as a school teacher and his insistence to celebrate Christmas not with the family, but with friends. Using a different tone for each of his siblings, he creates distinct portraits of the siblings themselves. The open and simple tone to Hermine, a mother figure to Ludwig; the practical and sometimes joking tone to Paul; and, most strikingly, the loving and witty tone to Helene Salzer, the sibling closest to Ludwig and with whom he remained in contact until his death. The most intellectual and original of his sisters, Margaret, is seen primarily through her letters to Ludwig, as almost no letters to her are believed to have survived from him. Translated into English for the first time, these personal letters not only illuminate Wittgenstein the philosopher, they bring us closer to Ludwig Wittgenstein the man.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1474298133
  • 9781474298131

About Brian McGuinness

Brian McGuinness is Professor of the History of Philosophy at the University of Siena, Italy. He is author of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (with David Pears) and A Life of Wittgenstein (Volume 1, Young Ludwig, 1988). Maria Concetta Ascher is lecturer in the Department of Business Languages at the University of Vienna, Austria Peter Winslow is a professional translator. He has translated the work of Karl Kraus.show more

Table of contents

Introduction, Brian McGuinness Acknowledgements Ludwig's Early Letters 1908 The War Years August 1914-April 1918 Captivity November 1918-September 1919 The Tractatus and the elementary school years October 1920-March 1926 A Viennese intermezzo a letter from late 1928? Cambridge January 1929-February 1938 121 The Anschluss and World War Two March 1938-May 1945 172 Ludwig's last letters January 1946-April 1951show more