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

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Christian Erbacher
Julia Jung
Anne Seibel


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. The selection of letters written by Rhees which is presented here stems from an early phase of his editorial endeavour to shed light on Wittgenstein’s philosophical development between the TLP and the PI. The letters were written between 1962 and 1964, in connection with the volume that appeared as Philosophische Bemerkungen (PB 1964), and show how Rhees’ understanding of Wittgenstein’s texts developed during editing. They contain some of the central considerations that governed Rhees’ work as Wittgenstein’s literary executor.

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Author Biographies

Christian Erbacher, University of SiegenU

Christian Erbacher (b. 1979) received his diploma in psychology from the University of Regensburg (Germany) in 2006 and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Bergen (Norway) in 2010. Between 2010 and 2015 he has conducted the research project “Shaping the Domain of Knowledge by Editorial Processing: the Case of Wittgenstein’s Work”. He is continuing his work on the history of editing Wittgenstein’s writings as part of the Collaborative Research Center “Media of Cooperation” at the University of Siegen (Germany).

Julia Jung, University of Siegen

Julia Jung (b. 1992) studies Literature, Culture and Media at the University of Siegen. Since 2016 she is working at the Collaborative Research Center “Media of Cooperation at the University of Siegen.

Anne Seibel, University of Siegen

Anne Seibel (b. 1992) studies philosophy and German at the University of Siegen. Since 2016 she is working at the Collaborative Research Center “Media of Collaboration” at the University of Siegen.