The Wittgenstein Initiative is a Vienna-based intellectual forum that aims to reintroduce and affirm Ludwig Wittgenstein as one of Vienna’s singular cultural phenomena and to further Wittgenstein’s legacy through Bildung and a tangible presence of his work and ideas. We are in a unique position to establish Vienna as the city of prime importance for Wittgenstein the human being as well as Wittgenstein the philosopher: not only to reveal the importance of Wittgenstein’s Vienna, but also to demonstrate that he was, in a very important sense, Vienna’s Wittgenstein.

EGON SCHIELE in WITTGENSTEIN’S VIENNA

30. September 2016, um 15:45 Uhr, Leopold Museum Egon Schiele will be presented against the background of ethical and formal…
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WITTGENSTEIN’S AND TODAY’S VIENNA: Anticipating the Future

CONTRASTS AND LEGACIES by Steven Beller (Washington DC) It is now more than forty years since…
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VIDEO Wittgenstein and Modernity

13 April 2016 Ray Monk (University of Southampton) Marjorie Perloff (Stanford University) Steven Beller (Washington DC, Historian) Alfred Schmidt (Österreichische…
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VIDEO Culture and Science Funding Today

12 April 2016 Knut Olav Åmås (Stiftung Fritt Ord, Moderation) Steven Beller (Washington DC, Historiker) Ilyas Khan (Stanhill Foundation) Eva…
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VIDEO Wittgenstein and Norway

12 April 2016 Knut Olav Åmås (Stiftung Fritt Ord, Moderation) Marjorie Perloff (Stanford University) Alois Pichler (Wittgenstein Archiv, Universität Bergen)…
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MARJORIE PERLOFF: EDGE OF IRONY

Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire 224 pages | 8 color plates, 26 halftones | 6 x 9…
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PHILOSOPHICAL BIOGRAPHY – the Very Idea

by Ray Monk, University of Southampton Lecture given at a conference on “Wittgenstein: Biography and Philosophy,” on March 25, 1999,…
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WITTGENSTEIN UND WIEN

von Ray Monk "Die Menschen heute glauben, die Wissenschaftler seien da, sie zu belehren, die Dichter & Musiker etc., sie…
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WITTGENSTEIN AND VIENNA

by Ray Monk "People nowadays think that scientists exist to instruct them, poets, musicians, etc. to give them pleasure. The…
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WITTGENSTEIN INITIATIVE 2015/16

Liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der Wittgenstein Initiative! Wir starten in unsere zweite Saison und können auf…
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