Trinity College Cambridge in co-operation with the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen is producing a new Nachlass facsimile of Wittgenstein originals which will be made freely available online.
A new facsimile edition of the entire Nachlass, using cutting edge technology, is in the process of being completed, and it is anticipated that the first images will be available by the end of September 2014. Importantly, the Nachlass will be made available on an open-access basis. The project has been planned for some considerable time, and is made possible through a partnership between Trinity College Cambridge, the University of Bergen and the Stanhill Foundation.
Jonathan Smith, Archivist and Modern MSS Cataloguer at the Wren Library at Trinity College, said: ‘The Wittgenstein archives contain some of the most important philosophical material produced in the 20th century. Providing a new version of the works by utilizing the most up to date technology is very exciting, and a great additional resource for Wittgenstein scholars all over the world.’ He added: ‘We have a long standing working relationship with the Wittgenstein Archives in Bergen, and this cooperation is simply a reflection of our trust and admiration for their expertise and our shared commitment to Wittgenstein.’
Professor Alois Pichler, the head of the Wittgenstein Archive said:
‘The University of Bergen has continued to support the Bergen Electronic Edition, but we have always known that a new edition that takes full advantage of new technology would have to be created. That the new facsimile will be free for all who wish to access it is an amazing gift to Wittgenstein scholarship.’
Ilyas Khan, Chairman and Founder of the Stanhill Foundation, commented: ‘The Foundation has a long-standing tradition of supporting research and scholarship into the work of Wittgenstein. It’s been such a privilege being part of this project from inception, and to now see it come alive is utterly amazing. A whole new generation of Wittgenstein scholars will have free, total and unmediated access to the Nachlass as a whole, which is exactly how it should be. I am greatly indebted to Trinity College Cambridge for being the essential enabler here. It is a noble act of great generosity that should not be underestimated.’
The Stanhill Foundation supports the BWS, and we are extremely grateful for its further support in enabling a project that so invaluably extends to the whole community of Wittgenstein students and scholars.
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