This book includes most of the contents of a number of notebooks kept by Frederick Waismann between 1929 and 1932, in which he recorded the views communicated by Wittgenstein to Waismann himself and to Moritz Schlick. The material takes a variety of forms: some of it consists of converstaions between the three, some of questions by Waismann and Schlick with answers from Wittgenstein, some of Wittgenstein's comments on passages read to him by Waismann or on works by himself or others that had evidently been mentioned. Much of it is simply an account of Wittgenstein's views evidently taken down as he expressed them in a vivid, conversational style.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Letters. List of Works cited. Index of Letters. Index.
Brian McGuinness is now Professor of the History of Philosophy at Siena. Past publications include the translation of Wittgensteina 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.