One of the most influential figures in 20th-century philosophy, Ludwig Wittgenstein was born in Vienna in 1889 and spent much of his life in England. His work in the fields of logical theory and the theory of language is of particular significance. He was a fellow of Trinity College from 1929 until his death, and Professor of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge from 1939 to 1948.
Over a period starting in 1914, Wittgenstein wrote down his thoughts in a series of philosophical notebooks, which, along with a large number of his other manuscripts and typescripts, are now housed at Trinity. The notebook on display is the first of the series, dated 9 August to 30 October, 1914.
Wittgenstein 101, ff.18v-19r
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Wittgenstein’s papers can be viewed via the Wren Digital Library.