The Logbook of Editing Wittgenstein's "Philosophische Bemerkungen" Rush Rhees’ letters to Georg Henrik von Wright 1962-64

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Christian Erbacher


Rush Rhees, Elizabeth Anscombe and Georg Henrik von Wright were Wittgenstein’s literary heirs and edited many posthumous volumes from Wittgenstein’s writings. Their archived correspondence provides unique insights into this editorial work. Presented here is a selection of Rhees’ letters stemming from an early phase of his editorial endeavor to publish writings from Wittgenstein’s so-called middle period, referring to the philosophical development between the TLP of the early and the PI of the late Wittgenstein. The presented letters were written between 1962 and 1964, in connection with editing the volume that should appear as Philosophische Bemerkungen (PB 1964). They give a sense of how Rhees’ understanding of Wittgenstein’s texts grew during editing as well as of the intense work that Rhees devoted to crafting his editions. Last but not least, they shed light on the considerations that governed Rhees’ way of preparing volumes for interested readers.

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ERBACHER, Christian. The Logbook of Editing Wittgenstein's "Philosophische Bemerkungen". Nordic Wittgenstein Review, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, may 2017. ISSN 2242-248X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 27 may 2017. doi:
Section iii: From the Archives