On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the British Wittgenstein Society will be holding a conference devoted to celebrating Wittgenstein's contribution to thought across philosophy and other disciplines.

BWS 10th Anniversary Conference: Wittgenstein in the 21st Century

University of Hertfordshire, 30-31 July 2017

Beales Hotel, Hatfield


Sunday 30 July
8:45-9:10                Registration

9.15-9:45                Welcome speech from Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, President of the BWS: Wittgenstein's Place

9:45-11.00             Daniel D. Hutto (Wollongong, Australia)

                                        Naturalism in the Goldilocks Zone: Wittgenstein's Delicate Balancing Act

11.00-11:20          Coffee

11.20-12.45          Peter Hobson (UCL)

                                     On Wittgenstein, development, and interpersonal understanding: the telling case of autism                                                                                              

12.45-14:00          Lunch

14:00-15.15          Louise Barrett (Lethbridge, Canada)

                                      Picturing primates, and looking at monkeys: why Wittgenstein should have  more impact on primatology

15.15-15.30          Coffee

15:30-16.45          Michel Bitbol (CNRS, Paris)

                                      Mathematical demonstration and experimental activity: a Wittgensteinian philosophy of physics

16.45-18:00          Richard Harper (Lancaster) in conversation with Constantine Sandis

                                       Wittgenstein and Information Communication Technology

19:30                        Conference dinner, Beales Restaurant

Monday 31 July

9:15-10:45             Peter Hacker (Oxford)

                                      The achievement and legacy of the private language arguments

10:45: 11:00        Coffee

11:00-12:15          Edward Harcourt (Oxford)

                                    Wittgenstein’s Ethics, Wittgensteinian Ethics, and Ethics after Wittgenstein

12:15-13:30          Lunch

13:30-14:45          Sandra Laugier (Sorbonne, Paris)

                                      Wittgenstein and the Social: language, community, and dissent

14:45-15:00          Coffee

15:00-16:15           Paul Standish (UCL)

                                     Wittgenstein's impact on the philosophy of education

16:15-17:30           Ray Monk (Southampton)  will introduce and moderate a discussion with all conference participants on 'What is Wittgenstein's         place in 21st century thought?'



The conference will take place at Beales Hotel, Hatfield 4*.

Full conference registration: includes refreshments and a 2-course lunch on both days: £95 / student: £65

Conference Package: includes full conference registration; 30 July bed/breakfast at Beales Hotel 4* (single occupancy); conference dinner (3-course; coffee/tea; wine): £219 / student £190

Other options are available on the registration website.


See links below for directions to Beales Hotel, which is the conference venue

Note: there are trains to Hatfield from Kings Cross every 30 minutes. It is a 22-minute journey. Check here for times. Once at Hatfield station, take one of several buses  to 'The Galleria' shopping centre, and walk 3 minutes to the Beales Hotel; or take a taxi from Hatfield station (approx. £7).