Ludwig Wittgenstein: Cambridge Letters: Correspondence with Russell, Keynes, Moore, Ramsey and Sraffa

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This collection contains hitherto unknown letters exchanged between Wittgenstein and the most important of his Cambridge friends and includes editorial notes based on archival material not previously explored.


  • Incorporates many previously undiscovered unique and significant letters.
  • A powerful record and intimate insight into Wittgenstein's life and thought.
  • Extensive editorial annotations.

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This collection contains hitherto unknown letters exchanged between Wittgenstein and the most important of his Cambridge friends and includes editorial notes based on archival material not previously explored. Wittgenstein's correspondents are not his disciples, but those he recognised and valued as his mentors - Russell, Moore, Keynes, Ramsey and (represented by a single but important letter) Piero Sraffa.

The collection provides a fascinating glimpse of the philosopher - Wittgenstein appears in turn withdrawn and affectionate, fierce and censorious, happy to collaborate and sure of his own judgement. Four quarrels and four reconciliations are documented, along with Wittgenstein's struggles to publish his Tractatus, his retreat from the world and his eventual return to philosophy. It will prove a remarkable read for both students and academics interested in Wittgenstein's work and his place in twentieth-century philosophy.

About the Author:

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).

George Henrik von Wright was a pupil and friend of Wittgenstein and succeeded him as Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge. He has since been President of the National Academy in his native Finland. He is one of the trustees to the Wittgenstein estate, and responsible for many of the posthumous publications of Wittgensteins writings.

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