Biography:Brian McGuinness

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Brian McGuinness
Bernard Francis McGuinness

(1927-10-22)22 October 1927
Wrexham, Wales
Died23 December 2019(2019-12-23) (aged 92)
Florence, Italy

Brian McGuinness (22 October 1927 – 23 December 2019) was a Wittgenstein scholar best known for his translation, with David Pears, of the Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus.[1]

He was christened with the forenames "Bernard Francis" but changed his name to "Brian" in his youth.[2] He commonly published, and was cited, as B. F. McGuinness.

Formerly a tutee of RM Hare,[2] McGuinness was a Fellow and Tutor at Queen's College in Oxford University from 1953 to 1988, and took a post at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. In 1990, he became a professor at the University of Siena, Italy. From 1990 to 1993, he was director of the faculty of philosophy and social sciences of this university.[3] During his time at Queen's, he was an invited speaker at the Oxford Socratic Club, speaking with J. D. Mabbott on "The Problem of Free Will" on 14 November 1955.


His son, Paddy McGuinness, is a British civil servant who is currently the Deputy National Security Adviser for Intelligence.[4]

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Books authored

  • Wittgenstein: A Life: Young Ludwig, 1889-1921, (1988) ISBN:0-520-06451-8
  • (with Guido Frongia) Wittgenstein: A Bibliographical Guide (1990) ISBN:0-631-13765-3
  • Approaches to Wittgenstein: Collected Papers, (2002). ISBN:0-415-03261-X

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Works edited/translated

  • (with David Pears) Ludwig Wittgenstein: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, (1961) ISBN:0-415-25408-6 [5]
  • Felix Kaufmann: The Infinite in Mathematics: Logico-Mathematical Writings, (1978) ISBN:978-90-277-0847-2
  • Hans Hahn: Empiricism, Logic and Mathematics: Philosophical Papers, (1980) ISBN:90-277-1065-1
  • Gottlob Frege: Collected Papers on Mathematics, Logic and Philosophy, (1984) ISBN:0-631-12728-3
  • Ernst Mach: Principles of the Theory of Heat: Historically and Critically Elucidated, (1986) ISBN:90-277-2206-4
  • Unified science. The Vienna monograph series, originally edited by Otto Neurath, now in an English edition. (1987) ISBN:90-277-2484-9
  • (with J. Schulte) Friedrich Waismann, Josef Schächter, Moritz Schlick: Ethics and the will: Essays, (1994) ISBN:0-7923-2674-1
  • (with Gianluigi Oliveri) The Philosophy of Michael Dummett, (1994) ISBN:0-7923-2804-3
  • (with Gianluigi Oliveri) Karl Menger: Reminiscences of the Vienna Circle and the Mathematical Colloquium (1994). ISBN:0-7923-2711-X
  • (with George Henrik von Wright) Ludwig Wittgenstein: Cambridge Letters, (1995) ISBN:1-4051-4701-6
    • Wittgenstein in Cambridge: Letters and Documents 1911-1951 (2008) ISBN:9781405147019 [6]
  • Language, Logic, and Formalization of Knowledge: Coimbra Lecture and Proceedings of a Symposium Held in Siena in September 1997, (1998) ISBN:88-87106-07-X


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