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Month: February 2020

Mental Health in Education: New Perspectives from Philosophy

Mental Health in Education: New Perspectives from Philosophy

Colloquium 17 June 2020

University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is hosting a one-day colloquium, jointly funded by the British Academy and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, to explore therapeutic philosophical traditions in light of educational issues, and in response to calls by policy makers that schools should be teaching about mental health. Philosophers, psychoanalysts and education researchers will bring their experience and expertise to the conversation. There will be a special focus on Wittgenstein and Stanley Cavell.

Speakers: Josh Cohen (Goldsmiths), Richard Gipps (Oxford), Joanna Moncrieff (UCL), Adrian Skilbeck (IOE/Winchester), Paul Standish (IOE), Emma Williams (Warwick), and ‘in conversation’ with Adam Phillips (psychoanalyst and writer).

Register on Eventbrite (use the password ‘therapy’) or by emailing 

Organised by Emma Williams, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick.

Dr. Emma Williams | Associate Professor and Director of Impact | CES

Two-day Masterclass on Wittgenstein’s Epistemology of Religion with Professor José María Ariso (UNIR, Madrid)

Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA)

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – Nova University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH)

Two-day Masterclass on Wittgenstein’s Epistemology of Religion with Professor José María Ariso (UNIR, Madrid)


26 February 2020

18-21, FCSH, Av. de Berna, Room TA 03

Religious certainty: What it is and to what extent it can be taught

In the first session, Professor Ariso will present the concept of “religious certainty” he has developed by drawing inspiration from Wittgenstein’s notion of “certainty”. After describing the particular traits of religious certainty, he will address two difficulties derived from this concept. On the one hand, he will explain why religious certainty functions as such even though all its consequences are far from being absolutely clear; on the other hand, he will clarify why, unlike the rest of certainties, the loss of religious certainty does not result in the collapse of the world-picture made up of all certainties. Subsequently, he will analyse the extent to which the teacher can teach religious certainty by acting as a facilitator for its acquisition – if desired – particularly bearing in mind that religious certainty cannot be attained at will.

28 February 2020

10-12, FCSH, Campolide, Room CAN 219

Advantages and paradoxes of regarding omniscience as subjective certainty in Wittgenstein’s sense

In the second session, Professor Ariso will try to facilitate understanding of the concept of “omniscience” by taking into account the terminology developed in Wittgenstein’s On Certainty. Thus, he will start by explaining why omniscience can be regarded neither as grounded knowledge nor as ungrounded or objective certainty. Instead, omniscience might be considered as subjective certainty, which has the advantage of leaving scope for a doubt that enables and strengthens religious faith. Lastly, he will clarify how God’s omniscience would be enriched if He were informed of – without needing to share – our objective certainties, in addition to which he will highlight two paradoxes that would arise if we disagreed with God regarding some of our objective certainties. These paradoxes reveal that even though the believer could not understand God’s statement literally, it might strengthen her faith if she realized and accepted that a true and consistent commitment to such statement entails the suspension of her own capacity for judgment.

José Maria Ariso has studied philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid. After obtaining his PhD in 2003, he spent some research stays in Norwegian (Bergen) and German (Leipzig, Kassel, TU-Berlin and Frankfurt) universities. Since 2011 he has been an assistant professor in the Department of Education at the International University of La Rioja. He has published books, several chapters in edited volumes and a number of articles in international journals. His main line of investigation is the analysis of Wittgenstein’s later work, but his research interests also cover the fields of philosophy of education, philosophy of psychiatry, philosophy of technology, theory of knowledge and Spanish contemporary philosophy. He is the author of Wahnsinn und Wissen: Zu Wittgensteins Lage und Denkbewegung (Königshausen & Neumann, 2012), the editor of Augmented Reality: Reflections on Its Contribution to Knowledge Formation (De Gruyter, 2017) and the co-editor (with Astrid Wagner) of Rationality Reconsidered: Ortega y Gasset and Wittgenstein on Knowledge, Belief, and Practice (De Gruyter, 2016).  

This masterclass is organized within the framework of the FCT-funded project “Epistemology of Religious Belief: Wittgenstein, Grammar and the Contemporary World” (PTDC/FER-FIL/32203/2017, PI: Nuno Venturinha), hosted by the Reasoning and Argumentation Laboratory (ArgLab) of IFILNOVA.

Attendance is free of charge.For more information about the project, please visit:

PUCPR promove VII Workshop Wittgenstein: Fronteiras da Cognição

Destaque - 11 fev 2020

Evento reunirá pesquisadores de diferentes países da América Latina

Durante os dias 26 e 27 de março, a PUCPR sediará o VII Workshop Wittgenstein: Fronteiras da Cognição, evento que contará com a presença de pesquisadores do Brasil, Argentina, México e Peru para discutir os limites e conexões entre linguagem e cognição, a partir da visão do filósofo austríaco Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Wittgenstein foi um dos pensadores mais influentes do século XX e colocou a linguagem no centro de suas pesquisas, destacando-se no campo linguístico e posicionando o tema em um outro patamar de importância. “É notório que utilizamos modelos semânticos para compreender e significar a realidade, mas precisamos avaliar quais são estes limites e como tais questões repercutem em domínios particulares das ciências em geral. O trabalho de Wittgenstein não está restrito apenas ao domínio da investigação filosófica, mas tem despertado pesquisas cada vez mais significativas em áreas como Matemática, Física e Direito”, explica o professor Léo Peruzzo, um dos organizadores do evento.

O workshop será aberto ao público e as inscrições devem ser feitas na Escola de Educação e Humanidades, onde o evento ocorrerá.

O VII Workshop Wittgenstein: Fronteiras da Cognição é uma realização do Grupo de Pesquisa Wittgenstein, em parceria com o Programa de Pós-Graduação em Filosofia (PPGF) da PUCPR, e apoio do CNPQ/CAPES.


VII Workshop Wittgenstein: Fronteiras da Cognição

Data: 26 e 27 de Março

Horário: das 8h às 18h

Local: Escola de Educação e Humanidades

Inscrições: Escola de Educação e Humanidades – (41) 3271-2626

VII Workshop Wittgenstein reúne pesquisadores para discutir discutir os limites e conexões entre linguagem e cognição, a partir da visão do filósofo austríaco Ludwig Wittgenstein


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Gregynog Hall,

Friday 24th April to Sunday 26th April 2020 56th Session 

Friday, 24th April

4 p.m. Tea

4.30 pm Michael Campbell (Pardubice), “’Each word a little face’: some remarks on Expression”

7.00 p.m.   Dinner

8.00 p.m.   Discussion of Cora Diamond’s paper ‘Rules: looking in the right place’ 

Saturday, 25th April

 8 a.m. Breakfast

10 a.m. Annual Wittgenstein Lecture  Sonia Sedivy (Toronto), ‘Themes in the Later Wittgenstein and Aesthetics’

11 a.m. Coffee, followed by discussion of paper

12.30 p.m. Short business meeting

1 p.m. Lunch

4 p.m. Tea

4.30 p.m. Rachel Wiseman (Liverpool), 'What if the private linguist is a poet? Iris  Murdoch on "S"'

7.00 p.m. Dinner 

Sunday, 26th April

 8 a.m.   Breakfast

9.15 a.m. Lawrence Blum (Massachusetts), ‘Iris Murdoch’s political philosophy in  Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals’

10.15 a.m. Coffee & Discussion

11.45 a.m.   Departure Agenda for Short Business Meeting

1. Arrangements for next meeting

2. AOB

If you would like to attend the meeting please complete and return the form electronically, and send the requisite payment. The deadline for registration is Monday 24th February. While it may well be possible to register after this date – and it will certainly be worth asking - I cannot offer any guarantees. That aside, if the meeting is over-subscribed priority will be given to those who register first. So if you want to come it is a good idea to register immediately. 

David Cockburn 

The conference is sponsored by generous contributions from the British Wittgenstein Society.

BWS Occasional Lecture: Problems of Expression in the later Wittgenstein - Michael Campbell

April 22 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

New College of the Humanities, Bloomsbury, London

Problems of Expression in the later Wittgenstein

The concept of ‘expression’ recurs throughout the Philosophical Investigations. The expressive is important in part because it seems to straddle the categories of the logical and the psychological. These concerns meet in Wittgenstein’s discussion of Moore’s Paradox, where an expression of a state of mind and a description of the world collide. In this talk I will consider some of the points at which Wittgenstein finds problems in the category of the expressive, and will reflect on what philosophical lessons we might learn from them.

Michael Campbell is a Research Fellow in The Centre for Ethics at the University of Pardubice. He works at the intersection between theoretical and engaged ethics, with particular focus on conceptions of human nature and their role in moral thought. His articles have appeared in journals including the Journal of Value Inquiry, Asian Bioethics Review, Philosophical Investigations and the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. He is co-editor of Wittgenstein and Perception (Routledge, 2015) and Ethics Society and Politics: Themes from the Philosophy of Peter Winch (Springer, 2020).+ GOOGLE CALENDAR+ ICAL EXPORT


Date: April 22 Time: 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


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