Maria Kokoszyńska-Lutmanowa about Wittgenstein in Cambridge (1978)


  • Piotr Dehnel University of Lower Silesia; Academy of Fine Art in Wrocław
  • Carl Humphries Jesuit University Ignatianum, Krakow
  • Tomasz Zarębski University of Lower Silesia, Wrocław



Wittgenstein, L., Kokoszyńska-Lutmanowa, M., Eder, A.


Maria Kokoszyńska-Lutmanowa (1906-1981) was a Polish philosopher and student of Kazimierz Twardowski, the founder of the Lvov-Warsaw School. In 1938 she went to the University of Cambridge (Newnham College) on a Sarah Smitton Fellowship. There she attended George Edward Moore’s lectures as well as one of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics in 1939. In this interview which was conducted with Alois Eder she talks about her encounter with Wittgenstein. It was published in 1978 in the Polish art and culture magazine Odra and is her only published memoir about Wittgenstein. The interview is republished here both in English translation and as facsimile of the original publication with the kind permission of the Odra magazine.

Author Biography

Piotr Dehnel, University of Lower Silesia; Academy of Fine Art in Wrocław

Piotr Dehnel is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lower Silesia and at the Academy of Fine Art in Wrocław (Poland). His research fields include Wittgenstein and contemporary philosophy as well as German philosophy. Main publications: Ludwig Wittgenstein: teoria a terapia [Ludwig Wittgenstein: Theory and Therapy] (PWN, Warszawa 2014), Myśli a sposoby życia. Eseje o filozofii współczesnej [Thoughts and the Form of Life. Essays on the Contemporary Philosophy], Universitas Press, Kraków 2016, The Radial Method of the Middle Wittgenstein: In the Net of Language, Bloomsbury Academic, London 2022.