Notebooks 1914-1916. By Ludwig Wittgenstein. Translated by G.E.M. Anscombe. First Edition, First Printing. Oxford, 1961.

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Ludwig Wittgenstein is one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. His works contribute to schools of thought as broad as psychology, logic, linguistics, and mathematics. He taught at the University of Cambridge and developed a loyal following of pupils who recognized his genius despite his small body of work. In fact, he published only one book-length work in his lifetime: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, which today ranks among the best philosophical treatises in history. So, too, does his later work, Philosophical Investigations, which was not published until two years after his death. Much credit is due to his former students who advocated for his philosophical brilliance, perhaps none more so than the editor and translator of this volume, G.E.M. Anscombe. She was his student at Cambridge and went on to become a leading authority on his works as well as a professor of Philosophy at Cambridge with significant contributions to the analytical Thomism movement, philosophy of mind, and philosophical linguistics. She also edited and translated Philosophical Investigations. In Notebooks: 1914-1916, Anscombe compiles Wittgenstein’s explorations from years when he was long considered preoccupied–from 1914 to 1918, he served in the Austro-Hungarian Army, far removed from the scholarly world with which he is more often associated. Yet his notebooks prove he never strayed from philosophical inquiry. The text showcases his dense yet concise paragraphs which grapple with the essential relationships between propositions, language, and meaning. In Notebooks: 1914-1916, the seeds of Wittgenstein’s profound ideas present themselves to the discerning reader.

This first edition, first printing is in very good condition. In the original blue cloth boards, near fine with only minor rubbing to edges and small bumps. Text block near fine, only former owner’s signature to front endpaper. In the original dust jacket, very good with minor closed tears, minor chipping to spine ends, and minor fading.

A very good first edition of Wittgenstein’s Notebooks.

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Notebooks 1914-1916. By Ludwig Wittgenstein. Translated by G.E.M. Anscombe. First Edition, First Printing. Oxford, 1961.

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