The availability of Wittgenstein’s later philosophy

  • S. Cavell
Part of the Controversies in Philosophy book series (COIPHIL)


In June of 1929 Wittgenstein was awarded a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, having returned to England, and to philosophy, less than a year earlier. His examiners were Russell and Moore, and for his dissertation he had submitted his Tractatus, published some seven or eight years earlier, written earlier than that, and now famous. The following month, he refused to read a paper (‘Some Remarks on Logical Form’) which he had prepared for the joint session of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society, and which obviously goes with the ideas he had worked out in the Tractatus. Years later he said to Moore ‘something to the effect that, when he wrote [the paper on logical form] he was getting new ideas about which he was still confused, and that he did not think it deserved any attention’.1


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  1. 2.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Blue and Brown Books (Oxford, 1958).Google Scholar

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