Wittgensteins Philosophische Untersuchungen: Zur Textgenese von PU §§1-4

Alois Pichler


Pichler's investigation of the textual genesis of the first four sections of the Philosophische Untersuchungen consists of two parts. The first (pp. 9-35) describes the various versions of the work as a whole («early version», «intermediate version» etc.) in the context of the Nachlaß. It presents the accompanying forewords and distinguishes five phases in the genesis of the Untersuchungen (1929-44; revisions in hand up to 1950). The second part (pp. 36-99) discusses the versions of the four sections as they developed in Wittgenstein's manuscripts, typescripts and dictations (1931-50: von Wright's catalogue numbers 111, 114, 115, 140, 141, 142, 152; 211, 212, 213, 220, 239, 226, 227; 310, 311). The development is presented graphically in two appendices; in a further appendix Pichler attempts a critical reading of the four sections. German. 135 pages.


philosophy; editorial philology; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; Nachlass; alternative; chronology; collage; concordance; development; composition; language game; document; preface; editorial philology; form; translation; revision; versioning; text; text genesis; variant; writing; Nachlass

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