Literature on the Preface to the Philosophical Investigations

Compiled and annotated by Alois Pichler and Nuno Venturinha, in collaboration with Alberto Arruda

ANSCOMBE, G.E.M. (1969). "On the Form of Wittgenstein's Writing". In: Contemporary Philosophy / La Philosophie Contemporaine, Volume III, ed. Raymond Klibansky. Firenze: La Nuova Italia, pp. 373 378. [Contains on pp. 375-376 a discussion of the PI preface.] 

BAKER, G.P.; HACKER, P.M.S. (2005, 1980). Wittgenstein. Undersanding and Meaning. Volume 1 of an Analytical Commentary on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, Part II - Exegesis §§1-184. Oxford: Blackwell. [Contains on pp. 33-42 an extensive interpretation of the preface, which can be read in connection with the history of the composition of the PI on pp. 1-6.]  

BINKLEY, Timothy (1973). Wittgenstein's Language. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff. [Contains on p. 8 a discussion of the PI preface and on pp. 20-31 discussions of the "landscape" and "album" metaphors.]

HALLETT, Garth (1977). A Companion to Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations". Ithaca, NY / London: Cornell University Press. [Contains on pp. 62-67 a detailed interpretation of the preface.]

HILMY, Stephen S. (1987). The Later Wittgenstein. The Emergence of a New Philosophical Method. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. [Contains on pp. 15-25 a discussion of the PI preface taking into account various prefatory and methodological remarks in the Nachlass.] 

KEICHER, Peter (2004). "Ich wollte, alle diese Bemerkungen wären besser als sie sind." - Vorvorte und Vorwortentwürfe in Wittgensteins Nachlass". In: Essays on Wittgenstein and Austrian Philosophy. In Honour of J.C. Nyiri, ed. Tamás Demeter. Amsterdam / New York: Rodopi, pp. 275-309. [The author reproduces prefaces and drafts for prefaces in the Nachlass and comments on them.] 

LANGE, Ernst Michael (1997). "Von Savignys 'Philosophische Untersuchungen' und Wittgensteins 'PU'. Kritische Bemerkungen zu Eike von Savignys 'Der Mensch als Mitmensch - W.s 'PU'. In: Wittgenstein Studies 2/97 Datei 06 2 97.TXT, ed. K. O. Apel, N. Garver, B. McGuinness, P. Hacker, R. Haller, W. Lütterfelds, G. Meggle, C. Nyíri, K. Puhl, R. Raatzsch, T. Rentsch, J.G.F. Rothhaupt, J. Schulte, U.Steinvorth, P. Stekeler Weithofer, W. Vossenkuhl: Passau. [Contains on pp. 5-6 an interpretation of the preface.]

LUGG, Andrew (2004, 2000). Wittgenstein's Investigations 1-133. A Guide and Interpretation. London: Routledge. [Contains on pp. 5-7 a detailed interpretation of the preface.]

MONK, Ray (1990). Ludwig Wittgenstein. The Duty of Genius. London: Jonathan Cape. [Contains on p. 413 references to both the 1938 version and the later version of the PI preface, as well as other relevant notes throughout the book.]

MORENO, Arley R. (2009). "Como ler o álbum?". In: Como ler o álbum?, ed. Arley R. Moreno. Campinas: CLE, pp. 131-182. [The author engages with the question about how to read the album devoting pp. 136-139 to Wittgenstein's prefaces and pp. 178-180 to the album as a preface.]

PICHLER, Alois (1997), “Wittgensteins Philosophische Untersuchungen: Zur Textgenese, von PU §§1-4.” Bergen: Working Papers from the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen. [Contains on pp. 24-33 a study of the text genesis of the preface]

PICHLER, Alois (2002). “Drei Thesen zu der Entstehung und Eigenart der Philosophischen Untersuchungen: Fragment, Album, Polyphonie,” In: Wittgenstein and the Future of Philosophy. A Reassessment after 50 years / Wittgenstein und die Zukunft der Philosophie. Eine Neubewertung nach 50 Jahren, Proceedings of the 24th International Wittgenstein Symposium, ed. Rudolf Haller and Klaus Puhl. Vienna: öbv&hpt, pp. 355-365. [Contains on pp. 357-360 a discussion of the 1938 version of the preface.]

PICHLER, Alois (2004). Wittgensteins Philosophische Untersuchungen: Vom Buch zum Album. Amsterdam / New York: Rodopi. [Contains on pp. 57-77 an interpretation of the preface and on pp. 264-265 a detailed graphic on its text genesis]

PICHLER, Alois (2007). “The Interpretation of the Philosophical Investigations: Style, Therapy, Nachlass”, In: Wittgenstein and His Interpreters, Essays in Memory of Gordon Bake, ed. Guy Kahane, Edward Kanterian and Oskari Kuusela. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 123-144. [Contains on pp. 133-134 a discussion of the album-remark and confirms the adherence of the preface to the PI body]

PICHLER, Alois (2009). “Wittgenstein's albums: "Philosophical Investigations" and "Philosophical Remarks" as alternatives to the 'spirit of progress' in philosophy”, In: Como ler o álbum?, ed. Arley R. Moreno. Campinas: CLE, pp. 57-97. [Contains a discussion of the album-character of the PI]

RAATZSCH, Richard (1996). "Warum und wie man Wittgenstein interpretieren sollte". In: Philosophiegeschichte und Hermeneutik, ed. Volker Caysa and Klaus-Dieter Eichler. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, pp. 238-259 [The author claims on pp. 254-259 that the preface does not belong into the first part of the published PI.]

SCHOBINGER, Jean-Pierre (1991). "Weshalb sind die Philosophischen Untersuchungen Wittgensteins nur ein Album?". In: Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung, 45, pp. 249-256. [The author interprets the PI as an album in the light of some passages from its preface.]

STÜSSEL, Kerstin (1989). "Wittgensteins Vorwort 'im Januar 1945'. Quellenkritik und Interpretation". In: Grazer Philosophische Studien, 33/34, pp. 207-226. [The author offers an extensive interpretation of the 1945 preface to the PI.]

VENTURINHA, Nuno (2010). "A Re-Evaluation of the Philosophical Investigations". In: Wittgenstein After His Nachlass, ed. Nuno Venturinha. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.  143-156. [Contains discussions of several issues in the various PI prefaces.]

VENTURINHA, Nuno (2010). "Wittgenstein's 1938 Preface". In: Wittgenstein After His Nachlass, ed. Nuno Venturinha. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 182-188. [Contains on pp. 187-188 an edition of the uncatalogued English version of TS 225, accompanied by a historical introduction on pp. 182-186.]