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Wittgenstein’s Lectures, Cambridge 1930-1933: Text & Context
May 18, 2015 - May 22, 2015
The Obermann Summer Seminar on “Wittgenstein’s Lectures, Cambridge 1930-1933: Text and Context” will take place on May 18-22, 2015, at the University of Iowa.
Beginning in January 1930, Ludwig Wittgenstein regularly gave lecture courses at Cambridge. GE Moore attended almost all of those lectures for the next three and a half years and took very full notes. This period was a time of transition for Wittgenstein, and is of great interest for anyone who wants to understand the development of his thought. Wittgenstein’s teaching and writing from the 1930s, once overshadowed by his earlier and later work, has attracted growing attention in recent years.
In the fall of 2015, Cambridge University Press will publish Wittgenstein: Lectures, Cambridge 1930-1933, From the Notes of G. E Moore, edited by David Stern, Brian Rogers, and Gabriel Citron. This is the first edition of notes from any of Wittgenstein’s lectures that aims to present, as accurately as possible, what was written down at the time. While Moore did quote from his notes in his published essay on the lectures, Moore’s essay was primarily an analysis of the views he attributed to Wittgenstein. Moore’s succinct but detailed lecture notes are always considerably longer than the previously published student versions, and often include whole topics that are simply missing from theirs. Seminar presenters and participants will have advance access to the text of the forthcoming edition of Moore’s lecture notes.