Josef G. F. Rothhaupt
April 21, 2017
During the period from 1929 to 1951, Wittgenstein himself marked and collected some distinctive remarks to be found in his Nachlass. A detailed philological and philosophical study shows that this corpus of remarks is divided into two parts. The first runs from 1929 to 1931 and from 1937 to 1938 and consists of those indicated with the sectional marking “O”, while the second runs from 1931 to 1951 and consists of those indicated with the sectional marking “|…|“. The first contains all of the Remarks on Frazer’s ‘Golden Bough’ corresponding to Part I of the latter and taken from TS211 and MS110 - remarks which appear there in a broader context. And it can also be shown that Part II of the Remarks on Frazer’s ‘Golden Bough’, taken from MS143, belongs to this same context. The selection and extraction of them all forms a significant and extraordinary corpus with a focus on a broad range of cultural themes. During the period from 1965 to 1966, Georg Henrik von Wright made “A Collection of Remarks by Ludwig Wittgenstein”. From this (till now unknown and unpublished) selection, G. H. von Wright then again made a selection. This famous selection from a selection from Wittgenstein’s Nachlass was published - under the title Vermischte Bemerkungen / Culture and Value. My article presents and compares these important collections of “General Remarks” and “Cultural Remarks” - that from Ludwig Wittgenstein himself and that made posthumously by Georg Henrik von Wright.