Portraits of Wittgenstein

London: Bloomsbury Academic, An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, (2016). Hardcover. Revised and updated version, two volumes (complete), quarto size, 1172 pp. Fine. Item #CNJL2230

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was described by his teacher Bertrand Russell as "perhaps the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived; passionate, profound, intense, and dominating." Publishing only one book during his lifetime, his most important work "Philosophical Investigations" was published posthumously, in 1953.

This work includes "portraits from more than seventy-five figures, [which bring] together the personal recollections of philosophers, students, friends and acquaintances, including Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, F. R. Leavis, A. J. Ayer, Karl Popper, Friedrich von Hayek, G. H. von Wright, Rush Rhees, Freeman Dyson, G. E. M. Anscombe, Iris Murdoch, Mary Midgley and Mary Warnock. These authors testify to the life-long influence Wittgenstein had on the lives of those he met. Their fascinating memoirs, reflections and commentaries, often at odds with each other, reveal Wittgenstein's kindness, and how much genuine friendship meant to him, as well as his suffering and despair. They show too how the philosopher's ruthless honesty and uncompromising integrity often resulted in stern advice and harsh rebukes to friends and foes alike" (n.b., from web site of the publisher).

The editors are singularly situated for this work: F.A. Flowers was the editor of the first edition of this work, and Ian Ground is the Vice-President of the British Wittgenstien Society and a published author on the philosophy of Wittgenstein.

This set the revised and updated version (originally published in 1999) and is the complete version (not the abridged version available as a paperback).

___DESCRIPTION: Hardbound, the volumes covered in matte finish grey paper with glossy photographic reproductions of Wittgenstein on the front boards and spines, review blurbs on the back panel with a short summary of the work and short bios of the editors, black endpapers, grey silk ribbon markers, a few photographic illustrations and a few maps bound within the volumes; quarto size (9 13/16" by 6.75"), pagination: Volume One, [i-v] vi-xxii, [1-3] 4-471; Volume Two, [i-v] vi-xii, [472-476] 477-1138.

___CONDITION: Fine overall, the paper-covered boards clean and free of scratches or other wear, the corners straight and without rubbing, the text blocks strong and square with solid hingers, the interiors clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the bottoms of the joints lightly bumped, but we believe they came that way from the publisher as the books still have the "tight" feel of being unread.

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