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
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.
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.
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.
CALL FOR PAPERS
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. (www.jhaponline.org)
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 15, 2017.
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:
Kirchberg am Wechsel, 6 - 12 of August 2017
THE PHILOSOPHY OF PERCEPTION AND OBSERVATION
Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau (Vienna)
Friedrich Stadler (Vienna)
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
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:
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 www.ifilnova.pt and
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.
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
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. dailynous.com/2016/08/24/dale-jacquette-2016/
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" [ www.abo.fi/fakultet/filosofiprojekt ], 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.