The German Kaiser and Wittgenstein in Norway
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This chapter explores the imaginative work of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the roots of his monumental Tractatus. In Pinsent's account, Wittgenstein's decision to spend a working holiday in Norway was couched in inscrutability. The Kaiser himself, although not a Wagner enthusiast, was besotted with Norway. The Kaiser's Nordic celebration was, of course, reported in the German press, and the illustrated London paper could well have reached Wittgenstein at his home in Vienna. The Kaiser always entertained distinguished holidaymakers. The Prince was pictured, in Birgit Marschal's book, with the Kaiser and friends on the deck of the Hohenzollern, in the 1903 expedition. The Kaiser sat in an immense pseudo-medieval pavilion at the top of the Groteburg listening to a Lutheran preacher fulminate passionately of German destiny. The timing of sensational media coincides with Ludwig's change of mind: not to visit Spain but Norway, as reported by a puzzled David Pinsent.