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By Hans-Johann Glock, John Hyman

The such a lot entire survey of Wittgenstein’s notion but compiled, this quantity of 50 newly commissioned essays by way of best interpreters of his philosophy is a keynote addition to the Blackwell sequence at the world’s nice philosophers, overlaying every little thing from Wittgenstein’s highbrow improvement to the newest interpretations of his highly influential rules. The lucid, attractive observation additionally stories Wittgenstein’s ancient legacy and his persevered effect on modern philosophical debate.

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He was there when, on 12 March 1938, he heard the dreadful news that Austria had become part of Hitler’s Third Reich. Overnight, Wittgenstein had ceased to be an Austrian citizen and was now in the intolerable situation of being, officially, a German Jew. A few days later, he went to Cambridge to discuss the situation with Piero Sraffa, who advised him, first, to seek an academic job at Cambridge and then to apply for British citizenship. Chiefly through the influence of Keynes, both applications were successful and by the early summer of 1939 he was able to travel to Austria with a British passport.

In the latter (and more probable) case I myself am in favour of it not being printed. And in the former case it’s a matter of indifference whether it’s printed twenty or a hundred years sooner or later. (Letter to Russell, 6 May 1920) The book was still not published when, in the autumn of 1920, Wittgenstein began his new career as a primary schoolteacher. The school was in the tiny lower Austrian village of Trattenbach and his pupils mostly the sons and daughters of farmers, to whom Wittgenstein appeared, as he had to the schoolchildren in Linz and his fellow s­oldiers during the war, as an alien and incomprehensible being.

Wittgenstein stayed in Norway until the end of 1937, by which time living alone had become unendurable to him. He moved to Dublin, where his old student, Maurice Drury, was training to be a psychiatrist. He was there when, on 12 March 1938, he heard the dreadful news that Austria had become part of Hitler’s Third Reich. Overnight, Wittgenstein had ceased to be an Austrian citizen and was now in the intolerable situation of being, officially, a German Jew. A few days later, he went to Cambridge to discuss the situation with Piero Sraffa, who advised him, first, to seek an academic job at Cambridge and then to apply for British citizenship.

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