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News: July/August 2011

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Wittgenstein Archive Discovered

The existence of a big archive of previously unknown notes and manuscripts by Ludwig Wittgenstein, unseen since the chaotic days of the Second World War, has been revealed by the Cambridge academic Prof Arthur Gibson. The enormous task of investigation was undertaken by Prof Gibson, who was himself taught by two of Wittgenstein’s most distinguished students (Elizabeth Anscombe and Peter Geach) while he was at Cambridge. The archive runs to about 170,000 words plus mathematical equations, and is said to offer rare insights into the mind of the great philosopher. It is also enlightening with regard to his relationship with the young Francis Skinner who, as his scribe, was responsible for recording the material. Skinner, who was also his lover and companion, died from polio at the age of just 29.

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