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Latest issue of Wittgenstein-Studien, including a Special Section on Wittgenstein and Applied Epistemology

Fourth Wittgenstein Conference in China

The Fourth Wittgenstein Conference in China will be in Xi'an in October 19-20, 2019. Call for papers now! The Conference is international, sponsored by Chinese Wittgenstein Society and hosted by Northwest University in Xi'an. Please submit your paper to Professor Xueguang Zhang at nc.ud1548215422e.uwn1548215422@gxz1548215422

Dr Mikel Burley on Reincarnation, Rebirth & Wittgenstein

Two new reviews

Floyd, J., & Katz, J. E. (Eds.). (2015). Review of Philosophy of Emerging Media: Understanding, Appreciation, Application by Charles Brewer. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

Beale, J., & Kidd, I. J. (Eds.). (2017). Review of Wittgenstein and Scientism by Ryan Manhire (1 edition). New York: Routledge.

Book Review,s

The FCT-funded project “Epistemology of Religious Belief: Wittgenstein, Grammar and the Contemporary World” is offering a post-doc contract

The FCT-funded project “Epistemology of Religious Belief: Wittgenstein, Grammar and the Contemporary World” is offering a post-doc contract (not a grant) at the Nova University of Lisbon. The position is for 30 months, starting (inflexibly) on 1st March 2019. The salary is €29,796.76 per year (14 months). The application deadline is 2nd January 2019.

Further details in English can be found here:

And in Portuguese here:

I call the attention of prospective applicants to the last paragraph of the call:

In the case of the PhD of the selected candidates has been conferred by a foreign higher education institution, the recognition of the referred degree must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law No. 341/2007, from October 12, and, under penalty of exclusion, any formalities established therein must be fulfilled up to the date of signature of the contract.

For information about the project, please visit:

Nordic Wittgenstein Review Vol. 7 No 2 (2018)

NWR Volume 7 / Number 2 (December 2018) is now published online and available Open Access.  

Table of contents:

Nordic Wittgenstein Review Vol. 7 No 2 (2018)

Table of contents:

Note from the Editors
Simo Säätelä, Gisela Bengtsson, Tove Österman: Note from the Editors

Invited Paper
Avner Baz: Stanley Cavell’s Argument of the Ordinary

Ondrej Beran:"Give me an Example": Peter Winch and Learning from the Particular
Leonidas Tsilipakos: Social Criticism, Moral Reasoning and the Literary Form

Inheriting Wittgenstein: Niklas Forsberg in Conversation with James Conant, Part 2.

From the Archives
Nuno Venturinha and Jonathan Smith: Wittgenstein on British Anti-Nazi Propaganda
Alfred Schmidt: Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Nachlass in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Book Reviews
Olli Lagerspetz: Review of "Wittgenstein and Modernism" ed. by Michael LeMahieu and Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé
Eric J. Ritter: Review of "Becoming Who We Are: Politics and Practical Philosophy in the Work of Stanley Cavell" by Andrew Norris


  • Deadline for Vol. 8 / No. 1: Feb. 28, 2019. Publ. June 2019.

Philosophy of Film Without Theory Conference

Registration for the Philosophy of Film Without Theory Conference (& Conference Dinner) is now open.


This international, interdisciplinary conference is being held on Thursday 10th, and Friday 11th, January 2019, at the University of York in the UK.

Keynote Speakers are:

Lucy Bolton (Queen Mary, University of London)

Mikel Burley (University of Leeds)

Sophie Grace Chappell (Open University)

Victor Dura-Vila (University of Leeds)

Andrew Klevan (University of Oxford)

David Macarthur (University of Sydney)

Colin Heber Percy (Screenwriter and priest)


A further 24 Invited Speakers from 15 countries, including Morocco, Guyana, the USA, Australia, and across Europe will be presenting talks (in parallel sessions).


Registration is open to all (and closes on the 31st December, 2018).


In the Conference Call for Abstracts we characterised Philosophy Without Theory as, “a plurality of methodologies that include fine-grained description and discernment; disentangling confusions; reactive and/or reflective critical inquiry, the exploration of conceptual connections; logical geography; conceptual synthesis; the provision of perspicuous presentations and surveyable overviews; non-systematic engagement with individual or particular works, subjects, objects, ideas, events and/or situations…  and more”


We went on to suggest that Philosophy Without Theory about film might also include, “a commitment to focus on, and pay close attention to, individual films.”


The invited speakers have found a range of opportunities and challenges in the very idea of Philosophy of Film Without Theory, and the titles of their presentations can now be found on the conference website, here:


To Register for the Conference please go to the Registration Online Store, here:


Or via the Conference Website's Registration page, here:


We do hope you will join us in York, in January, 2019.


Thank very much to our conference supporters: the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Society of Aesthetics (BSA), the University of York and the University of York’s Philosophy Department.


2nd Conference on Hinge Epistemology

Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris
Monday 1- Tuesday 2 July 2019
The 2nd Hinge Epistemology Conference will be a 2-day conference, hosted by the Wittgenstein Seminar at Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris on 1-2 July 2019, in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and Irvine University, California. The conference will include

Plenary speakers:
·       Jocelyn Benoist (Sorbonne)
·       Elise Marrou (Sorbonne)
·       Constantine Sandis (Hertfordshire)
·       Paul Standish (UCL)
·       Angélique Thebert (Nantes)

Symposium on Hinge Epistemology
·       Annalisa Coliva (Irvine)
·       Daniele Moyal-Sharrock (Hertfordshire)
·       Duncan Pritchard (Irvine)

The conference will include a number of sessions for submitted papers. Selection will be based on review of long abstracts (max. 1000 words). Please submit your abstract as an email attachment to Prof. Sandra Laugier (rf.1s1548215422irap-1548215422vinu@1548215422reigu1548215422al.ar1548215422dnas1548215422), copied to Prof. Danièle Moyal-Sharrock (ku.ca1548215422.stre1548215422h@kco1548215422rrahs1548215422-layo1548215422m.d1548215422) by 1st April 2019. Presentation time for accepted papers will be 30 minutes plus Q&A.

Papers will address (positively or critically) the application of Wittgenstein's notion of 'hinges' or 'hinge certainty' to epistemological problems in any discipline. The conference will be held in English, and peer-reviewed proceedings will be published in an edited volume of the series Anthem Studies in Wittgenstein.

Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology Workshop at the University of Zurich, Faculty of Philosophy with William Child

Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology

Workshop at the

University of Zurich, Faculty of Philosophy


William Child

(University College, Oxford)

23 November 2018

After the completion of Part I of Philosophical Investigations and up until his death, Wittgenstein wrote extensively about psychological and epistemological notions. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in Wittgenstein’s treatment of concepts such as certainty, doubt, and belief. This focus on the epistemological contributions of what has sometimes been dubbed ‘the Third Wittgenstein’ has somewhat overshadowed Wittgenstein’s striking and often idiosyncratic remarks about various and sundry psychological notions and his abortive attempts to arrive at a more or less systematic classification of them. This workshop aims to illuminate some of these perhaps unduly neglected aspects of Wittgenstein’s late philosophy. A special emphasis will be placed on seeing-as, since the discussion of that phenomenon is particularly elaborate and provides a unifying thread to parts of Wittgenstein’s seemingly disjointed discussions, especially in section xi of “Philosophy of Psychology: A Fragment” (formerly known as Part II of Philosophical Investigations). Apart from examining specific phenomena and notions, more general methodological issues might also be discussed, concerning in particular the legitimacy of a ‘grammatical’ approach to philosophical psychology.

For this one-day workshop we will be joined by William Child, who is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford (University College). He is the author of a standard introduction to Wittgenstein’s philosophy (Wittgenstein, Routledge, 2011) and has written seminal papers on a wide range of topics in Wittgenstein’s philosophy of mind and psychology, often highlighting their relevance to contemporary debates in the field.

Call for Papers

Contributions to the workshop should deal with issues that Wittgenstein raises in his late writings on the philosophy of psychology, ideally focussing on “Philosophy of Psychology: A Fragment”. The workshop thus allows for a discussion of Wittgenstein’s remarks on various broadly speaking psychological phenomena and/or concepts, such as seeing-as, memory, meaning something, etc. Moreover, contributions that explore the ramifications between these notions and other related concepts – e.g. the relation between aspect perception and secondary meaning, or that between meaning something and rule-following – are welcome. Lastly, methodological question may be investigated: is Wittgenstein’s ‘grammatical’ (or, more generally speaking, an ordinary language inspired) approach to philosophical psychology still pertinent, or has it been completely superseded by (or integrated into) more interdisciplinary research?

Please send your abstract (maximum length 500 words) to hc.hz1548215422u.sol1548215422ihp@t1548215422oneg.1548215422tip1548215422 by 28 October 2018, mentioning ‘Workshop with William Child’ in the subject line. Abstracts should be formatted for blind review and free of personal and institutional information. Applicants shall be informed about the outcome of the review process in early November and successful ones must submit their papers (maximum length 8,000 words) by 15 November 2018. The papers will then be circulated and all participants are expected to have read them before the workshop. Please note that travel costs and other expenses cannot be reimbursed, but lunch and dinner are provided for the speakers on the day of the workshop.


Attendance is free, but registration is necessary. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please send an email to hc.hz1548215422u.sol1548215422ihp@t1548215422oneg.1548215422tip1548215422 (stating your full name, academic title and institutional affiliation) by 17 November 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the organiser.


Pit Genot (hc.hz1548215422u.sol1548215422ihp@t1548215422oneg.1548215422tip1548215422)


Wittgenstein’s Confession By Jonathan Beale

Wittgenstein’s Confession in the NYT

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