The 7th Symposium of the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Society

Università degli Studi di Milano, 7–8 October 2022

70 Years of Editing Wittgenstein. History, Challenges and Possibilities

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70 years after Wittgenstein’s death, his writings have entered the public domain in many countries, significantly changing the way his writings can be accessed and dealt with. On behalf of the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Society (ILWG), we took this moment as an opportunity to rethink the philological and editorial work on and with Wittgenstein’s writings. During the conference, kindly hosted by the University of Milan, we discussed how the editorial decisions of the last 70 years have shaped the reception of Wittgenstein and what problems and opportunities might arise from this for the future, especially concerning digital editions of Wittgenstein’s Nachlass. Within the framework of the three panels “History”, “Challenges” and “Possibilities”, dense and stimulating individual lectures dealt with editorial-philological problems in the past, stylistic peculiarities in the editing and translation of Wittgenstein’s writings and new forms of presentation through digital formats.

In addition, new perspectives for broader digital access to Wittgenstein’s works were showcased in a workshop centred on the Ludwig Wittgenstein Project.


Keynote speakers

Dr Moira De Iaco (editor of letters between Wittgenstein and Sraffa, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”)

Dr Yrsa Neuman (Head of Åbo Akademis bibliotek, former curator of the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives Helsinki, Open Access Expert)

Prof Alois Pichler (Curator of the Wittgenstein Archives Bergen, University of Bergen)

Dr Ilse Somavilla (Brenner Archive Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck)

Prof David Stern (University of Iowa, Iowa Tractatus Map Project)

Michele Lavazza (Head of the Ludwig Wittgenstein Project)

Peter Winslow (translator of Wittgenstein’s family letters, ed. by Brian McGuinness)

Scientific organizers

Dr Frederic Kettelhoit (University of Kassel) and Dr Jasmin Trächtler (Technical University of Dortmund)


Prof Paolo Spinicci (Università degli Studi di Milano)

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