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Cultural Institute: ‘Ludwig Wittgenstein in Swansea’ – Professor Ray Monk

June 16 @ 18:00 - 19:15

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The lecture will explain why Ludwig Wittgenstein, the leading philosopher of the Twentieth Century, spent a significant amount of time in Swansea from 1942-1947. Wittgenstein enjoyed his time in Swansea, which he shared with his friend and fellow philosopher Rush Rhees, who was lecturing at Swansea University. “Am I glad to be here” Wittgenstein said upon arrival in Swansea. The lecture will also examine some of the important work undertaken by Wittgenstein during these visits.

Professor Ray Monk is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Southampton University. He won the 1990 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the 1991 Duff Cooper for his highly acclaimed biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein: Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. His two-volume biography of Bertrand Russell appeared in 1996 and 2001. His biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer was published in 2012.

You are also warmly invited to join us for the official opening of the exhibition ‘The Tractatus Odyssey and Wittgenstein’s Swansea Years’ at Singleton Library, 5:15pm



June 16
18:00 - 19:15


Wallace Lecture Theatre
Singleton Campus, Swansea University
Swansea, SA2 8PP
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