Re-Discovering Wittgenstein

Deirdre C.P. Smith


The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB) was established in 1990
with the following goals: producing a machine readable version of Wittgenstein’s
Nachlass; developing software to assist scholars in locating, viewing and analyzing
Nachlass texts; developing registration systems and software to present, work with
and analyze original textual sources; and establishing links to international
Wittgenstein research and computer programming projects with similar text encoding
goals. Both the conception and realization of WAB’s participation in DISCOVERY
(Digital Semantic Corpora for Virtual Research in Philosophy) fit with the further
development of these initial goals. This paper’s main objective is to present the
advantages of DISCOVERY’s semantic approach to texts using examples from Ms. 139a, otherwise
known as Wittgenstein’s ‘Lecture on Ethics’


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; digital edition; Nachlass; Bergen Electronic Edition; composite photography; computational ontology; literary device

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