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The British Wittgenstein Society was founded in 2007 in an effort to rekindle what seemed a waning interest in the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein. To mark the success of this endeavour, and the Society's 10th anniversary, the 2017 BWS annual conference will be devoted to celebrating Wittgenstein's contribution to thought across philosophy and other disciplines. Our guest speakers will be:

Louise Barrett (Lethbridge, Canada) on primatology

Michel Bitbol (CNRS, Paris) on philosophy of science and mathematics

Peter Hacker (Oxford) on philosophy of mind

Edward Harcourt (Oxford) on ethics and aesthetics

Richard Harper (Swansea) on communications technology

Peter Hobson (UCL) on psychology

Sandra Laugier (Sorbonne, Paris) on social philosophy

Ray Monk (Southampton) on Wittgenstein's place in 21st century thought

Paul Standish (UCL) on philosophy of education

The conference will take place at Beales Hotel, Hatfield on 29th-31st July, 2017. We look forward to your participation in making this an exceptional event – both intellectually and convivially!

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

Conference Package 1: 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.

Understanding Wittgenstein, Understanding Modernism

Matar, Anat, ed. Understanding Wittgenstein, Understanding Modernism, 2017.

In the last half-century Ludwig Wittgenstein's relevance beyond analytic philosophy, to continental philosophy, to cultural studies, and to the arts has been widely acknowledged.

Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was published in 1922 - the annus mirabilis of modernism - alongside Joyce's Ulysses, Eliot's The Waste Land, Mansfield's The Garden Party and Woolf's Jacob's Room. Bertolt Brecht's first play to be produced, Drums in the Night, was first staged in 1922, as was Jean Cocteau's Antigone, with settings by Pablo Picasso and music by Arthur Honegger. In different ways, all these modernist landmarks dealt with the crisis of representation and the demise of eternal metaphysical and ethical truths. Wittgenstein's Tractatus can be read as defining, expressing and reacting to this crisis. In his later philosophy, Wittgenstein adopted a novel philosophical attitude, sensitive to the ordinary uses of language as well as to the unnoticed dogmas they may betray. If the gist of modernism is self-reflection and attention to the way form expresses content, then Wittgenstein's later ideas - in their fragmented form as well as their “ear-opening” contents - deliver it most precisely.

Understanding Wittgenstein, Understanding Modernism shows Wittgenstein's work, both early and late, to be closely linked to the modernist Geist that prevailed during his lifetime. Yet it would be wrong to argue that Wittgenstein was a modernist tout court. For Wittgenstein, as well as for modernist art, understanding is not gained by such straightforward statements. It needs time, hesitation, a variety of articulations, the refusal of tempting solutions, and perhaps even a sense of defeat. It is such a vision of the linkage between Wittgenstein and modernism that guides the present volume.

Sixth Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy

The sixth annual conference of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy will be held at the University of Calgary, 8-10 May 2017.  It is locally organised by Richard Zach and sponsored by the Philosophy Department at the University of Calgary.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Juliet Floyd, Boston University
  • Robin Jeshion, University of Southern California
  • Bernie Linsky, University of Alberta

The Society for Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy is an international organization aimed at promoting discussion in all areas of scholarship concerning the development of philosophical logic, philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ethics and metaethics, the philosophy of science and epistemology. It welcomes scholars interested in the many ways in which the disciplines were influenced by thinkers such as Bolzano, Brentano and his school, Husserl, Frege, Russell, the Vienna Circle, Wittgenstein, Tarski, Quine and the Polish school, for instance, but also seeks to promote work engaging with lesser know figures and trends.

Previous conferences have been held at McMaster University, Indiana University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Trinity College Dublin and Metropolitan State University Denver.


SSHAP invites submissions for its 2017 annual conference. Paper submissions in all areas of the history of analytic philosophy are welcome.

In the past, some of the papers presented at the annual the conference were published in the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. (

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 15, 2017.

Submission Instructions

Authors are requested to submit their long abstract electronically according to the following guidelines:

1) Long abstracts (500-1000 words) should be prepared for blind refereeing, 2) put into PDF file format, and 3) sent as an email attachment to the address given below. 4) The subject line of the submission email should include the key-phrase "SSHAP submission", and 5) the body text of the email message should constitute a cover page for the submission by including i) return email address, ii) author's name, iii) affiliation, iv) paper title, and v) short abstract (50-100 words) and vi) academic rank.

Time allowed for presentation is 60 minutes (including discussion).

Electronic submissions and queries should be sent to:

For more information, please visit our website:

Sandra Lapointe

Associate Professor and Placement Director
Department of Philosophy

President, Canadian Philosophical Association/Présidente, Association Canadienne de Philosophie

Founding President, Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy

Vice-President, Society for Exact Philosophy

Secrétaire, Société de Philosophie Analytique

Research Affiliate
Bertrand Russell Research Centre

Founding Associate Editor
Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy


Dr. Sandra Lapointe
Department of Philosophy
McMaster University
University Hall 310A
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1
Tel: 905-525-9140, ext. 24312

Wittgenstein and the Social Sciences

The BWS is pleased to report that the special issue of Philosophy of the Social Sciences with papers from the 2015 BWS conference has been published.

Wittgenstein and the Social Sciences

Special Issue of Philosophy of the Social Sciences December 2016 46 (6)

Guest editors: Nigel Pleasants and Daniéle Moyal-Sharrock

Table of Contents

John R. Searle: Insight and Error in Wittgenstein

John Dupré: Social Science: City Center or Leafy Suburb

Sabina Lovibond: Wittgenstein, Tolstoy, and the “Apocalyptic View”

John G. Gunnell: Social Inquiry and the Pursuit of Reality: Cora Diamond and the Problem of Criticizing from “Outside”

Albert Ogien: Obligation and Impersonality: Wittgenstein and the Nature of the Social

NB: Access to the special edition requires a fee or institutional login.




Kirchberg am Wechsel, 6 - 12 of August 2017
Scientific Organizers:
Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau (Vienna)
Friedrich Stadler (Vienna)

1. Wittgenstein
2. Perception and Intentionality
3. Perception and Concepts
4. The Epistemology of Perception
5. Theories of Perception in the Cognitive Sciences
6. Theories and Scientific Observation

Workshop (organizers: Johannes Brandl und Guillaume Fréchette): "Franz Brentano and the Myth of the Given" (on the occasion of the Brentano Centennial), participants: Johannes Brandl, Guillaume Fréchette, Uriah Kriegel, Olivier Massin, Michelle Montague, Marcello Oreste Fiocco

The list of invited speakers includes:

Johannes Brandl, Salzburg
William Brewer, London
Tyler Burge, Los Angeles
Ophélia Deroy, London
Marcello Oreste Fiocco, Salzburg
Guillaume Fréchette, Salzburg
Nivedita Gangopadhyay, Bergen
Christopher Gauker, Salzburg
Kathrin Glüer, Stockholm
Pierre Jacob, Paris
Mark Eli Kalderon, London
Uriah Kriegel, Paris
Michael G. F. Martin, London
Julian Kiverstein, Amsterdam
Olivier Massin, Geneva
Sofia Miguens, Porto
Michelle Montague, Austin
Erik Myin, Antwerp
Bence Nanay, Antwerp
Matthew Nudds, Coventry
Jesse Prinz, New York
Athanassios Raftopoulos, Nikosia
Johannes Roessler, Coventry
Susanna Schellenberg, New Jersey
Hans Sluga, Berkeley
Paul Snowdon, London
David Stern, Iowa
Charles Travis, London
Michael Tye, Austin
Frédérique de Vignemont, Paris

Deadline for submission of contributed papers (to section 1-6): 15th of April, 2017
(Instructions for authors:

Antecedent to the symposium:

9th LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 (David Stern, Hans Sluga)

2–5 of August 2017 in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria

Meaning, Mind, and Action: Wittgenstein's Lectures, Cambridge, 1930-33

With: David Stern (Iowa) and Hans Sluga (Berkeley)
Scientific Organization and Direction: Volker A. Munz (Klagenfurt)

(For applications see:

For further information:


CFP: Wittgenstein and Applied Epistemology

Wittgenstein and Applied Epistemology
6th Symposium of the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Society (ILWG)

Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA)
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon  (FCSH/NOVA)

Scientific Organization: Nuno Venturinha
6-7 June 2017

Invited speakers include:

Marco Brusotti (Technical University of Berlin / University of Salento)
Michel Le Du (University of Strasbourg)
Andrew Lugg (University of Ottawa)
Sofia Miguens (University of Porto)
Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire)
Vicente Sanfélix (University of Valencia)
Genia Schönbaumsfeld (University of Southampton)

Call for Papers:

Abstracts, of no more than 500 words, are welcome for 30-minute
presentations in English addressing the intersections between
Wittgenstein’s thought and applied epistemology. They can be sent to
Prof. Dr. Nuno Venturinha at by 31 January
2017. Notifications will be sent by 15 March 2017. Subjects include, but
are not limited to, the following:

Aesthetic Epistemology
Formal Epistemology
Legal Epistemology
Moral Epistemology
Religious Epistemology
Scientific Epistemology
Social Epistemology

Attendance is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is
required. To pre-register, please send an email to the event organizer.
For more information, please visit and

Nuno Venturinha
Professor Auxiliar
Departamento de Filosofia / IFILNOVA
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - FCSH/NOVA
Av. de Berna, 26 C, 1069-061 Lisboa | Portugal
Tel: + 351 217908300 | Ext.: 1365

Call for Papers: Wittgenstein’s Notebooks 1914-1916

Call for Papers
The colloquium ‘Wittgenstein’s Notebooks 1914-1916’ will take place at the Université du Québec à Montréal and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Montréal and Trois-Rivières, Canada), on May 4-6, 2017.

The aim of the colloquium is to encourage a more systematic study of Wittgenstein’s Notebooks 1914-1916, hoping to achieve a better understanding of his earliest philosophy, and to understand how they prefigure or differ from those expressed in the Tractatus. The hope then is to reach, on a broad range of topics, a better understanding of the Tractatus itself and the originality of the Notebooks.


Invited speakers:

Guido Bonino (Università degli Studi di Torino)
Pasquale Frascolla (Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Potenza)
Sébastien Gandon (Université Blaise-Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand)
Fraser MacBride (University of Manchester)
Ray Monk (University of Southampton)
Kevin Mulligan (Université de Genève)
Ian Proops (University of Texas at Austin)
Janyne Sattler (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria)
Genia Schönbaumsfeld (University of Southampton)
Peter Sullivan (University of Stirling)
Peter Simons (Trinity College, Dublin)
José Zalabardo (University College, London)
Limited funding is available for up to two PhD students or young scholars, who have obtained their diploma within the past 5 years.
Proposals should not be more than 1000 words in length, written in English or French, and should be sent to one of the organizers, below, by February 1, 2017.
Proposals will be anonymously refereed and notice of acceptance will be sent by the second week of March.


Mathieu Marion (UQAM)

Jimmy Plourde (UQTR)

The colloquium is organized with the support of the British Wittgenstein Society

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Dale Jacquette (1953-2016)

The BWS was deeply sorry to learn that Dale Jacquette has passed away. Dale was a superb individual, a passionate philosopher and an eminent Wittgensteinian. His love of philosophy and art was deep and infectious. He gave the Fourth BWS Biannual Lecture on 'Wittgenstein's Tractatus as Mystic Revelation'. Dale will be sorely missed, as a friend and philosopher. Our deepest condolences go to his beloved wife, Tina.


Call for Abstracts

What’s Wrong (and What’s Right) with Ordinary Language Philosophy?

The 8th Nordic Wittgenstein Society Symposium
Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland) May 5-6, 2017

The label “ordinary language philosophy” (OLP) was probably coined by its detractors. Common objections against OLP are that philosophers engaging in it gratuitously limit their attention to the most common ways of using words, that they give current or non-specialized usage normative ascendancy over more sophisticated uses, and that they neglect the need for empirical investigation in settling issues of usage.
In defence of OLP it has been suggested that much of the criticisms are due to misunderstandings of methodologies such as those adopted by Wittgenstein, Austin, and others. The ordinary language philosophers are the ones who intend to approach language without preconceptions, by attending to the way words actually occur in interaction – not so much the language of everyday as the everyday of language. Nor are ordinary language philosophers out to chart maps of current or correct usage: their aim is rather to dissolve worries that arise out of misconstruals of our own ways of speaking. They are not in the business of new discoveries but rather of reminding ourselves of how we speak.
The aim of this closing conference of our research project “The Philosophical Import of Ordinary Language Philosophy: Austin, Ryle, Wittgenstein, and their contemporary significance” (2013-17) is to explore the aspirations and procedures of ordinary language philosophy. Are they unified or diverse? Are they intelligible? Are they defensible? How do philosophical outlooks that have an apparent affinity with ordinary language philosophy, such as experimental philosophy or various contemporary forms of contextualism, relate to OLP?

We invite submissions from those wishing to present a paper on a topic related to the conference theme. Speakers will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.
Please send an abstract of up to 500 words to by February 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the selection result by March 1, 2017.
The conference is organized by the Nordic Wittgenstein Society and the research project "The Philosophical Import of Ordinary Language Philosophy" [ ], which is financed by the Academy of Finland and coordinated by Professor Martin Gustafsson, Åbo Akademi University. The organizers are doctoral candidate Kim-Erik Berts, Professor emeritus Lars Hertzberg, and Dr Yrsa Neuman.

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