Documenting Macroprocess: A Note on Cataloguing Wittgenstein's Nachlass

Jonathan Smith


The von Wright catalogue of Wittgenstein’s nachlass has served the Wittgenstein community for over forty years. New material is periodically added, but I wish to argue for a radical rearrangement of the catalogue based on the use to which Wittgenstein put the documents he created and the way in which he arranged them while in use. The intention in doing this is to record elements of ‘macroprocess’ in his work which help us to understand his process as a whole.


philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; 20th century philosophy; Nachlass; archive; cataloguing

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