Georg Henrik von Wright

Georg Henrik von Wright
(1916-06-14 - 2003-06-16)


Georg Henrik von Wright was a Finnish philosopher and logician who was a student of Ludwig Wittgenstein and successor of Wittgenstein as a Professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge (1948-1951). He wrote also an historical introduction to the "Prototractatus" (first published in the year 1971 by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, ISBN 0 7100 6788 7), which includes a facsimile of the earlier version of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Editor's preface, the text in German, English translation and also correspondences (and non-correspondences) between "Tractatus" - "Prototractatus".


Wittgenstein and von Wright at Gambridge in 1948

Ludwig Wittgenstein and Georg Henrik von Wright in Cambridge 1949.

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Knut Erik Tranöy.


G.H. von Wright's purpose of life has been mostly deliberate upon the problems of a person's situation in the cultural crisis and speculate about mediums of the logic. His views to those problems varies between the empirical logic, the ethics, the (an anti-positivist analytical) hermeneutics and the phenomenology.


A book of Georg Henrik von Wright

The cover of Georg Henrik von Wright's book.


From Wittgenstein he inherited also an enormous quantity of manuscripts and notes. After "Tractatus" Wittgenstein did not publish himself any of his own works. Together with Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe and Rush Rhees, von Wright received publication-rights to the collection of Wittgenstein's works.


A book of Georg Henrik von Wright

The cover of Georg Henrik von Wright's book.

Obituary by The Guardian

Georg Henrik von Wright
The Guardian Obituaries

Georg Henrik von Wright, who has died aged 87, was one of the most eminent philosophers of the second half of the 20th century, and a distinguished essayist and cultural critic. His philosophical interests ranged from inductive reasoning to deontic logic, from the study of values and norms to the logic of explanations of human action. To all these great themes he made important and original contributions...

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Georg Henrik von Wright

(1916-06-14 - 2003-06-16)

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"The knowledge is in the same degree the medium of a fortune, a misfortune, a good action and a devilish. The knowledge can be the individual's highest form of life but also most disastrous."
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