Wittgenstein’s Stint as an Elementary Schoolteacher (Revealed in Letter to Bertrand Russell)
What I would give for a glimpse of Wittgenstein teaching children my son’s age. According to sources, it didn’t ultimately go well. Nevertheless, here’s the text of the letter:
Thank you for your kind letter. I have now obtained a position: I am to be an elementary school teacher in a tiny village called Trattenbach. It’s in the mountains, about four hours’ journey south of Vienna. It must be the first time that the schoolmaster at Trattenbach has ever corresponded with a professor in Peking. How are you? And what are you lecturing on? Philosophy? If so, I wish I could be there and could argue with you afterwards. A short while ago I was terribly depressed and tired of living, but now I am slightly more hopeful, and one of the things I hope is that we’ll meet again.
God be with you! Kindest regards.
Credit to Open Culture for the find and pic.
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