Ludwig Wittgenstein

Austrian philosopher, 1889-1951

Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. From 1929 to 1947, Wittgenstein taught at the University of Cambridge. During his lifetime he published just one slim book, the 75-page Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), one article, one book review and a children's dictionary. His voluminous manuscripts were edited and published posthumously. Philosophical Investigations appeared as a book in 1953, and by the end of the century it was considered an important modern classic.

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Wittgenstein, Ludwig

Philosoph (1889–1951). Autograph letter signed. Cambridge. 1½ SS. Kl.-4to. Mit eh. adr. Kuvert.
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Letter to Betty Gaun, longtime housekeeper to the Wittgenstein family. In part (translated): “Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it is a great disappointment to me that I could not come to Vienna on Easter. But I hope it will be possible in 11/2 to 2 months […] It was very good of you to have written to me of the birthday of Miss V. Paie. I do not know their address. Maybe my sister can forward her my congratulations.” - In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds.

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Wittgenstein, Ludwig

Philosoph (1889-1951). Wittgenstein's proof copy of: Ludwig Hänsel, "Newton - Goethe - Pascal. Die Farbenlehre und das Problem der Mitte" (a treatise on Goethe's "Theory of colours"). [Wien. Separatabdruck aus: "Chronik des Wiener Goethe-Vereins", Bde. LII und LIII. SS. 113-146. Orig.-Umschlag (Rücken defekt, Deckel mehrf. geknickt).
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Wittgenstein's proof copy of Hänsel's essay on Goethe's "Farbenlehre" with his autogr. (often scathing) annotations: "If you only would shut up and keep out of it!" (p. 122), "You are not Goethe" (p. 124), "Christian peoples are not Christianity" (p. 145). - Wittgenstein and Hänsel had met in the POW camp at Monte Cassino. Wittgenstein visited Vienna during Easter 1949, and Hänsel gave him the offprint to read. "The friendship between Wittgenstein and Hänsel had then lasted three decades, and during this time Wittgenstein uttered many a brusque word about Hänsel's ideas.

To be sure, the aggressive, vicious tone is irritating" (cf. Christian Paul Berger, in: "L. Hänsel - L. Wittgenstein. Eine Freundschaft", Innsbruck [1994], p. 339). - "Hänsel was an uncommonly well-read man; above all, he appreciated Pascal, St. Augustine, Kierkegaard, and Goethe, about whom he wrote numerous essays. He studied modern issues of Christianity and the church, the philosophy of values, epistemology, and basic questions of education. Hänsel was considered a conservative: like Wittgenstein, he favoured 'tradition' in matters of literature, art, music, and 'the modern life' in general. For Wittgenstein, Hänsel embodied both the classical Austrian tradition and the faculty to perform an observant examination of current trends in culture and criticism. Harshly though Wittgenstein chastises Hänsel, his letters repeatedly end with his criticising the failures attributed to his friend even more sharply in himself" (cf. Ilse Somavilla, Der rechte Ton, in: ibid., p. 325). - Numerous pencil marginalia, underlinings, deletions and corrections by Wittgenstein..

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Wittgenstein, Ludwig

Philosoph (1889-1951). Ansichtskarte mit eigenh. U. Cambridge. 1 S. 8vo.
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In Bleistift: "Herrn Ludwig Forster X. Herzgasse 20 (oder 18), Wien, Austria. Herzliche Grüße! Ihr L. Wittgenstein". - Die Bildseite zeigt den Westchor der Kings College Chapel in Cambridge.

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Wittgenstein, Ludwig

Philosoph (1889-1951). Autograph picture postcard signed. Cambridge. 1 S. Qu.-8vo. Mit eh. Adresse.
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"Herrn Ludwig Forster, X, Herzgasse 18, Wien, Austria. Herzliche Grüße schickt Ihnen Ihr Ludwig Wittgenstein". - Mild toning; in pencil; the picture depicts Clare College Bridge at Cambridge.

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