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Georg Henrik von Wright

Georg Henrik von Wright (June 14, 1916 - June 16, 2003) was a Finland-Swedish philosopher, who succeeded Ludwig Wittgenstein as professor at the University of Cambridge. The last name is not pronounced rite, but rather more like vrihkt.

G. H. von Wright made several contributions in philosophy. He also edited and published the late work of Wittgenstein. During his last 20 years he wrote several books about the current society and whether our progress can really be considered progress. One perhaps unpublished work is entitled "Myth of Progress".

He was influenced by the philosopher Oswald Spengler and found out later in his life that Wittgenstein also had read Spengler's work, and (to the astonishment of von Wright) liked it as well.

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  • The Logical Problem of Induction, PhD thesis, 31 May 1941
  • Den logiska empirismen, in Swedish, 1945
  • Über Wahrscheinlichkeit, in Germany, 1945
  • An Essay in Modal Logic[?], 1951
  • A Treatise on Induction and Probability, 1951
  • Tanke och förkunnelse, in Swedish, 1955
  • Logical Studies, 1957
  • Logik, filosofi och språk, in Swedish, 1957
  • The Varieties of Goodness', 1963, considered his best and most personal work
  • Norm and Action[?], 1963
  • The Logic of Preference, 1963
  • Essay om naturen, människan och den vetenskaplig-tekniska revolutionen, in Swedish, 1963
  • An Essay in Deontic Logic[?], 1968
  • Time, Change and Contradiction, 1969
  • Tieteen filosofian kaksi perinnettä, in Finnish, 1970
  • Explanation and Understanding, 1971
  • Causality and Determinism, 1974
  • Handlung, Norm und Intention[?], in German, 1977
  • Humanismen som livshållning, 1978
  • Freedom and Determination[?], 1980
  • Wittgenstein, 1982
  • Philosophical Papers I-III, 1983-1984
  • Filosofisia tutkielmia, in Finnish, 1985
  • Vetenskapet och förnuftet, in Swedish, 1986
  • Minervan Pöllö, in Finnish, 1991
  • Myten om framsteget, in Swedish, 1993
  • The Tree of Knowledge, 1993
  • Att förstå sin samtid, in Swedish, 1994
  • Six Essays in Philosophical Logic[?], 1996
  • Viimeisistä ajoista. Ajatusleikki, in Finnish, 1997
  • Mitt liv som jag minns det, in Swedish, 2001

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