A New Approach to Wittgenstein’s Nachlass
Herbert Hrachovec, Dieter Köhler
The problems facing posthumous editions of literary or philosophical writings are fairly well understood. Decisions that are — in the case of ordinary practice — the prerequisite of actual authors are taken over by scholars guided by different obligations and interests. A common feature of such editions is, for example, their derivative character: they aim at supplementing and completing a deceased writer’s oeuvre. Occasionally controversies over editorial policies arise, but they do seldom touch upon matters of low-level, physical presentation like page formats or index layout. It does, in fact, sound odd to even mention such details in the present context. Yet, such concerns carry considerable weight when one turns to electronic publications of literary remains like Wittgenstein’s Nachlass.