Innlegg med WAB postdoc Christian Erbacher
WAB postdoc Christian Erbacher holder innlegg der han fremlegger noen foreløpige resultater fra sitt forskningsarbeid knyttet til nrf's fripro-prosjekt: "Shaping a domain of knowledge by editorial processing: the case of editing Wittgenstein's Work.
Scholars approach Wittgenstein's Nachlass from several angles such as
philosophy, philology, text-encoding or digital humanities. Largely
unexplored remains the fascinating human story in the editorial history of
the Wittgenstein papers. The three philosophers Rush Rhees, Georg Henrik
von Wright and Elizabeth Anscombe devoted a significant part of their
lifetime to fulfil Wittgenstein's wish to publish from his writings what
they thought fit. Their reasons and motives for deciding what and how to
edit and the significance they attached to their editions show what
philosophical inheritance may mean in a full sense of the word.
As a prelude to such an intellectual biography of Wittgenstein's
Nachlass, I want to sketch the relationships between Wittgenstein and his
later literary executors, beginning with the time when they had been
students of Wittgenstein until they became colleagues and friends. It is
important to study these personal relationships since they put us in touch
with the soil from which the editions grew: we may understand better why
Wittgenstein bequeathed Rhees, Wright and Anscombe with the task of
publishing his writings and we may understand better why they, as heirs,
acted as they did in fulfilling their given duty.
The paper presents work in progress.