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Wittgenstein and the Simple Object

Norman Malcolm, 21 February 1980

Notebooks 1914-16 
by Ludwig Wittgenstein, edited by G.H. von Wright and G.E.M. Anscombe, translated by G.E.M. Anscombe.
Blackwell, 140 pp., £8.95, October 1980, 0 631 10291 4
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Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle: Conversations Recorded by Friedrich Waismann 
edited by Brian McGuinness, translated by Joachim Schulte and Brian McGuinness.
Blackwell, 266 pp., £9.95, August 1980, 0 631 19470 3
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The Central Texts of Wittgenstein 
by Gerd Brand, translated by Robert Innis.
Blackwell, 182 pp., £10, October 1980, 0 631 10921 8
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... new edition of Tractatus notebooks, as well as numerous volumes of Wittgenstein’s writings. But Gerd Brand’s The Central Texts of Wittgenstein is a horse of another colour. Brand’s aim is to articulate the ‘inner unity’ of Wittgenstein’s philosophy by assembling themes from Wittgenstein’s ‘total ...

Never for me

Michael Wood, 2 December 1993

Corona, Corona 
by Michael Hofmann.
Faber, 55 pp., £12.99, September 1993, 0 571 16962 7
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... complicated feelings at work here, since the speaker’s (and the poet’s) father, the novelist Gerd Hofmann, the subject and the addressee of a number of these poems, represents just this sort of energy, but in a form which excludes the son, and diminishes him. The father is described as a bear, too huge and too occupied for any niceties or ...

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