Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Wittgenstein in Mumbles

James Klagge drew my attention to this essay on Wittgenstein's time in Swansea. I don't think I knew that Wittgenstein lived in Mumbles (at 10 Langland Road, which is just over half a mile from where I used to live when I studied at Swansea). It's one of the New York Times' 52 places to love in 2021 (the first one listed, so you won't have to scroll too much if you click on the link).

My mother also once lived about half a mile from Wittgenstein (as the crow flies). In 1938 he lived at 81 East Road, Cambridge and she was a baby, living at 57 Cromwell Road. Apart from the fact that he wrote this nine years earlier, she could have inspired this thought:

Anyone who listens to a child’s cry and understands what he hears will know that it harbors dormant psychic forces, terrible forces, different from anything commonly assumed. Profound rage, pain, and lust for destruction. 

The famous picture of Wittgenstein below was taken at the Mumbles train shelter (not, I think, in Mumbles, but at the station nearest the university on the line that ran between Swansea and Mumbles). At least, the article linked to above says it was taken "in the, now demolished, Mumbles Train shelter on Swansea promenade, at the bottom of Brynmill Lane." My guess is that the shelter was at the Brynmill station. So this is Wittgenstein by the seaside.

Monday, February 15, 2021

30% cheaper book

The new book is out today. You can get 30% off by using the code LEX30AUTH21 and getting it direct from the publisher at https://rowman.com/lexington

Friday, February 5, 2021

Hey, expensive book!


I once put a free version of an earlier draft of this book online. The non-free version should be published on February 15th. 

The free version is still available on academia.edu, since someone copied it and has it on their page. But it contains mistakes that are absent from the new version, which also has a better commentary/guide to the secondary literature. I removed the worst of the mistakes from the translation on tractatusblog.blogspot.com, but it's still pretty different from the one that is about to be published. So the expensive version is a lot better, I think. Hopefully there will be a cheaper paperback version some time.