Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle: Conversations recorded by Friedrich Waismann
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Ed. by Brian McGuinness.
Trans. by Joachim Schulte and Brian McGuinness.
This volume is a rare compilation of Wittgenstein’s vivid and unmediated responses, recorded in a casual tone and in a variety of forms to form an unmatched account of the influential figure’s opinions, process, and oft-returned-to thoughts. From the notebooks Friedrich Waismann kept from 1929–1932, this publication allows for Wittgenstein’s character to emerge from these anecdotal, conversational records of interviews, conversations, arguments, and responses to readings and other more directed questions and topics. Historically, Wittgenstein’s ideas might change; psychologically, his responses to critique, objections, and calls for clarification reveal how he worked to always further define or tilt his ideas against and along the edge of his contemporaries. An unprecedented portrait of Wittgenstein’s relationship to his own ideas, both their inception and influence, this volume adds further dimension to the thinker whose influence we can trace from the Vienna Circle to critics and theorists today.