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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Philosophical Writings
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg - Author
Steven Tester - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Price: $70.00 
Hardcover - 223 pages
Release Date: June 2012
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4197-9

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Paperback - 223 pages
Release Date: January 2013
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4196-2

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The definitive scholarly edition of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s philosophical aphorisms.

Admired by philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud, Benjamin, and Wittgenstein, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799) is known to the English-speaking world mostly as a satirist. An eminent experimental physicist and mathematician, Lichtenberg was knowledgeable about the philosophical views of his time, and interested in uncovering the philosophical commitments that underlie our common beliefs. In his notebooks (which he called his Waste Books) he often reflects on, challenges, and critiques these philosophical commitments and the dominant views of the Enlightenment, German idealism, and British empiricism. This scholarly collection of Lichtenberg’s philosophical aphorisms contains hundreds of trenchant observations drawn from these notebooks, many of which have been translated into English here for the first time. It also includes a historical and philosophical introduction to his writings, situating him in the history of philosophy and ideas, and is supplemented with a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and extensive introductory and textual notes explaining his references.

“This is a great project by an extremely knowledgeable translator. Tester does a fine job making the case for Lichtenberg and explaining his thinking.” — Carl Niekerk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Steven Tester is a joint PhD candidate in philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin and in German at Northwestern University.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chronology

Note on the Edition, Text, and Translation

Introduction

PHILOSOPHICAL WRITINGS SELECTED FROM THE WASTE BOOKS

Notebook A: 1765–1770

Kέρας ’Aμαλθείας: 1765–1772

Notebook B: 1768–1771

Notebook C: 1772–1773

Notebook D: 1773–1775

Notebook E: 1775–1776

Notebook F: 1776–1779

Notebook G: 1779–1783

Notebook H: 1784–1788

Golden Notebook: Winter 1789

Notebook J: 1789–1793

Notebook K: 1793–1796

Notebook L: 1796–1799

Notes
Further Reading
Index


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