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2nd Conference on Hinge Epistemology

Final call for abstracts

2nd Conference on Hinge Epistemology
Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris
Monday 1- Tuesday 2 July 2019

Submissions of abstracts are invited for a 2-day conference on Hinge Epistemology, hosted by the Wittgenstein Seminar at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, in collaboration with Irvine University, California and the University of Hertfordshire (UK).

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.1s1553560106irap-1553560106vinu@1553560106reigu1553560106al.ar1553560106dnas1553560106), copied to Prof. Danièle Moyal-Sharrock (ku.ca1553560106.stre1553560106h@kco1553560106rrahs1553560106-layo1553560106m.d1553560106) by 7th 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.

Sandra Laugier
Professeure de philosophie à l'université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
Membre de l'institut universitaire de France
UFR de philosophie, 17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris
Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne (UMR8103 CNRS-Panthéon Sorbonne),
9, rue Malher, 75004 Paris

Daniele Moyal-Sharrock
Professor of Philosophy
President of the British Wittgenstein Society
Department of Philosophy | School of Humanities
University of Hertfordshire| De Havilland Campus | Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB
Twitter & Facebook: UHPhilosophy
e-mail: ku.ca1553560106.stre1553560106h@kco1553560106rrahS1553560106-layo1553560106M.D1553560106
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Ethics and Experience: Widening Perspectives.

On April 8-9 the philosophers at Åbo Akademi University arranges a two day symposium, Ethics and Experience: Widening Perspectives.

More information at:



15.15-16.25 Sophie Grace Chappell (Open University): No More Heroes Any More?

16.55-18.05  Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen (University of Southern Denmark): 'A Two-way Movement in Philosophy'. A Wittgensteinian take on a Murdochioan Point

18.15-20.00 Maria Balaska (University of Hertfordshire): Cavell and Freud on Self-knowledge, Self-attainment, and the Limits of Introspection

10.15-11.45  Sophie Grace Chappell (Open University): Le bon Dieu n’est pas comme ça: Transgender in Theory and in Experience

12.00-13.00 Salla Peltonen (Åbo Akademi): Challenging Macho Philosophies: Is Gender a Serious Philosophical Topic?"

14.15-15.15 Camilla Kronqvist (Åbo Akademi): Dealing with Difference: On the Need for Gentleness

15.30-16.30 Joel Backström (Helsingfors Universitet): The Absent Centre of Our Discourses on Sexuality and Gender

16.45-17.30 Ylva Gustafsson (Åbo Akademi): On the Masculinization of Emotion Research

Best wishes,

Camilla Kronqvist

Monographic issue dedicated to the memory of E. Anscombe Title of the issue: “Reason, reasoning and action”

Enrahonar. An international journal of theoretical and practical reason
Monographic issue dedicated to the memory of E. Anscombe
Title of the issue: “Reason, reasoning and action”

The main goal of this special issue is to provide an updated portrait of Elizabeth Anscombe’s philosophy marking her centenary (1919). Our intention is to explore the metaphysical and epistemological aspects of Anscombe’s positions in domains ranging from philosophy of logic through epistemology and philosophy of mind to philosophy of action and moral philosophy.

In this special issue we are first of all interested in exploring an Anscombian view of reason, reasoning and action. Connected questions and topics such as practical knowledge and truth, moral philosophy and virtue, self-knowledge and the first person or questions concerning the interpretation of Wittgenstein are also of interest.

It will be soon the anniversary Anscombe’s An Introduction to Wittgenstein’s ‘Tractatus’, which was first published in 1959. This is a book with which Anscombe, as e.g. Cora Diamond noticed, inaugurated a radical change in how the Tractatus is read. We would be pleased if the side of her work which bears on the interpretation of Wittgenstein is also object of attention in this issue.

We invite papers that address the questions above or others in relation to Anscombe’s work.

The main languages of the journal are Catalan, Spanish and English.
Articles may be no longer than 9,000 words.
The deadline for peer-reviewed abstracts is May 31st, 2019.
Accepted Manuscripts should be sent no later than November 15th, 2019 to any of the guest editors:

Sofia Miguens: moc.l1553560106iamg@1553560106sneug1553560106imsia1553560106roms1553560106
Mª Dolores García-Arnaldos: moc.l1553560106iamg@1553560106sodla1553560106nragd1553560106m1553560106

GUEST AUTHORS (confirmed):

R. Teichmann
Duncan Ritcher
J.P. Narboux
Eylem Özaltun
Valérie Aucouturier
Elisa Grimi
Vincent Descombes
Constantine Sandis

Author Guidelines:
Feel free to contact the guest editors for further information on the special issue:
Sofia Miguens – University of Porto – Portugal
Mª Dolores García-Arnaldos – University CEU-San Pablo (Madrid-Spain)

Seventh meeting of the Stirling Early Analytic Group Themes from Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

Seventh meeting of the Stirling Early Analytic Group
Themes from Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

Tuesday April 23rd 2019, C1 Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

Hanne Appelqvist (Helsinki) The Transcendentality of Ethics in the Tractatus
Roger White (Leeds) Modality and the Tractatus
Indrek Lobus (Stirling) The Negation Argument (Tractatus 4.0621)
Colin Johnston (Stirling) Solipsism and the Graspability of Sense

Full details available here:

Attendance is free and everyone is welcome, but let Colin Johnston know (ku.ca1553560106.rits1553560106@nots1553560106nhoj.1553560106niloc1553560106) if you will attend, and if you will stay for dinner, so catering can be confirmed.

Call for registration Husserl-Wittgenstein workshop, Husserl Archives Leuven

Call for registration

Husserl-Wittgenstein workshop, Husserl Archives Leuven

27th of March 2019

Workshop description:

The Linguistic Turn marks the beginning of the divide between continental and analytic traditions in philosophy. The origins of this Turn are located in different works by interpreters, but the influence of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus on this movement is uncontested. One of the sharpest critics of this work was, however, Wittgenstein himself at a later stage in his career. His later work is of a pragmatic nature, and his later views on meaning are marked by an emphasis on the social nature of this term that had previously been absent in his work.

As a result of the Linguistic Turn, continental philosophy also became a separate discipline, with phenomenology as one of its most prominent branches and Husserl as its founder. When investigating both Husserl and Wittgenstein, the retrospective assignment of different labels to their enterprises can tempt us to lose sight of the historical and philosophical synchronicities in their works. Both philosophers operated in similar historical contexts, within the same philosophical tradition (both were in contact with and heavily influenced by Gottlob Frege for instance) and were concerned with similar questions concerning the constitution of meaning.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss and explore these parallels. It will not be our intention to gloss over the differences between the philosophers on the basis of which they were assigned to different traditions in the first place. But we also do not believe that these differences are more important than the similarities, which can provide a way into fruitful interdisciplinary research. Philosophy of language is not strictly a matter for philosophers that have taken the Linguistic Turn, nor are considerations concerning experience restricted to phenomenology. This workshop will bring together philosophers working in both traditions and at the intersections in an attempt to open a dialogue between these two philosophers.

Alois Pichler (University of Bergen)
Kevin Mulligan (University of Geneva)
John Rogove (Husserl Archives Paris)
Kelee Lee (Husserl Archives, KU Leuven)
Audun Bengtson (Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, KU Leuven)
Deva Waal (Husserl Archives, KU Leuven)

To register, please send an email to the organisers: eb.ne1553560106vuelu1553560106k@laa1553560106w.ave1553560106d1553560106 or eb.ne1553560106vuelu1553560106k@nos1553560106tgneb1553560106.nima1553560106jnebn1553560106udua1553560106. Do not hesitate to contact us with further questions about the workshop. ​

Francis Bacon Lecture - Animal Minds and Animal Ethics

Do at least some animals have minds comparable to those of humans?

This question has exercised philosophy and science since their inception. It is also prominent in the wider public sphere, on account of its moral, legal, and political implications. The connection between the question of animal minds and ethics is two-fold.

Animal Morals: do animals have moral beliefs, attitudes, sentiments or practices?
Animal Ethics: How should we treat animals? What are our obligations towards them?
Professor Glock’s lecture shall explore both. Against current fashion, Glock maintains that the scope for animal morals is severely limited but that – contra contractualism – animals needn’t possess any morality in order for us to have duties towards them. Glock resists the tendency among some activists and philosophers to base claims about the nature and scope of animal minds on preconceived ethical views. This is to put the cart before horse: our moral obligations towards animals depend on their mental capacities. The lecture shall thus explore whether at least some animals possess mental capacities (e.g. ones relating to sensation, belief, intention, and reasoning) connected to various kinds of moral status.

Hans-Johann Glock is Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Reading (UK). He is the author of A Wittgenstein Dictionary (Blackwell 1996), Quine and Davidson (CUP 2003), La mente de los animals (KRK 2009) and What is Analytic Philosophy? (CUP 2008), as well as editing and co-editing numerous other publications. He has published numerous articles in leading international journals on Wittgenstein, the history of analytic philosophy, meta-philosophy, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of animal minds. He has been a Visiting Professor at Queen’s University, Canada, a Hugh-Le May Fellow at Rhodes University, South-Africa, a fellow of the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany and a recipient of a Humboldt Research Prize. He is currently working on a book about animal minds.

Refreshments will be available from 18:30 and the lecture will start at 19:00.

Further information on the Francis Bacon Lecture Series

The lecture will be preceded by a workshop at 13:00 in room W042 (Law Court Building), on animal minds and morals with talks by Maria Balaska, Mikel Burley, Luke Cash, Niklas Forsberg, and Sasha Lawson-Frost. Places at the workshop are free but limited so please register by email.

CFP: Wittgenstein and Aesthetics – A Special Issue of Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics

Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics ( invites submissions for a special issue on the topic of Wittgenstein and Aesthetics. The submissions should not exceed 9000 words and must be written in English and prepared for blind peer review (see the journal’s website for more specific guidelines).

Confirmed contributors to the special issue are Severin Schroeder (University of Reading) and Joachim Schulte (University of Zürich).

Aesthetics and the arts figure prominently in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s work. We find remarks on these themes in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and the Philosophical Investigations as well as in those manuscripts, lectures, and personal notebooks that have been edited and published posthumously. Most recently, the publication of Wittgenstein: Lectures, Cambridge 1930–1933: From the Notes of G. E. Moore in 2016 (CUP) made previously inaccessible notes on Wittgenstein’s lectures on aesthetics available to scholars, disclosing features of his thought on aesthetics not discernible elsewhere in his published work. Typically, Wittgenstein’s remarks on aesthetics and the arts appear in his writing intermittently and in close connection to other themes that occupy his thought, such as language, mathematics, and the nature of philosophy. Hence, the questions whether Wittgenstein had an account of aesthetics and what the philosophical relevance of his remarks on aesthetics is remain subject to debate.

Estetika welcomes submissions on all aspects of Wittgenstein’s treatment of aesthetics and the arts, but discussions (both scholarly and more systematic in orientation) on the general philosophical import of his thought on aesthetics are especially encouraged.

Submissions should be sent by the 15th of September at the latest to zc.in1553560106uc.ff1553560106@scit1553560106ehtse1553560106a1553560106

The planned publication schedule is as follows:
‒ Submission deadline: 15th of September 2019
‒ Decision and comments sent out: 31st of October 2019
‒ Final drafts due on: 15th of December 2019
‒ Publication date: end of March 2020

CFP: Skepticism

Call for Papers: Skepticism

Belgrade Philosophical Annual – Issue 32, Year 2019
Institute for Philosophy, University of Belgrade
ISSN: 0353-3891

Guest Editor
Živan Lazović (University of Belgrade)

Invited Contributors
Annalisa Coliva (University of California, Irvine)
Michael Blome-Tillmann (McGill University)

Submission Deadline
September 1, 2019

The main aim of this special issue is to illuminate a variety of topics central to contemporary discussions of skepticism, a philosophical view that calls into question the very possibility of knowledge about the external world. Skeptical reasoning comes in many different forms, but the most powerful of those proceeds by means of the skeptical hypothesis that produces an unsettling outcome: we cannot know anything about the external world since we cannot successfully rule out that we are being deceived by an evil genius (or in another analogous way). The issue will consider the following variety of responses to this form of skepticism which have been prominent in epistemology over the last few decades: contextualism, neo-Moorean responses, semantic externalism, Wittgensteinian approach and relativism. Other related issues include infallibilism, fallibilism, deductive closure, relevant alternatives, modal conditions on knowledge, the role of presuppositions in knowledge, etc. We also encourage papers on the possibility of the world being a full-scale simulation as a recent prominent form of the skeptical challenge.

All inquires and submissions should be directed to the editor of the special issue at or to the journal editor (S. Perović) at

Submitted papers should be prepared for blind review. All other relevant information should be sent in a separate document containing author’s name and affiliation, the title of the paper, short abstract of not more than 250 words, and 4-5 keywords. All documents should be in a *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf format.

Belgrade Philosophical Annual is an open access academic journal published by the Institute for Philosophy, University of Belgrade, committed to the double blind peer reviewing process. Previous issues of the journal, including previous special issues with downloadable papers and other relevant information, can be accessed at

Link to CfP:

CFP: Call for papers Keeping it Honest: Vulnerable writing

Call for papers

Keeping it Honest: Vulnerable writing

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Lars Hertzberg (Department of Philosophy, Åbo Academy University)
Shahram Khosravi (Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University)

The conference is hosted by the research program Engaging Vulnerability and organized in collaboration with the Nordic Wittgenstein Society.

Organizing committee: Elinor Hållén and Gisela Bengtsson
Date: August 22-23, 2019.
Place: Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

Conference theme:
Using a theoretical framework as a starting-point and defending a position within that framework often function as unspoken requirements for those who wish to be conceived of as serious and highly engaged researchers in the humanities and the social sciences today. Moreover, since the ability to predict consequences and possible results of research projects may be decisive for the possibility of attaining funding, researchers strive to gain control of the direction of their work as early as possible.

Sometimes a conflict arises, however, between the ambitions rising from such requirements and expectations and an ambition to let sincerity and engagement be principal guidelines when conducting research. Defending a certain position may even become incompatible with remaining truthful and engaged in one’s projects. An example of such a conflict is found in Wittgenstein, who likened his philosophical investigations with traveling criss-cross in every direction over a wide field of thought, and described the form of a philosophical problem with the words “I don’t know my way about” (PI Preface). His thoughts were crippled, he wrote, if he tried to force them in one single direction. His struggle to find a form of presentation, a way of writing, was connected with an ambition to keep philosophy honest and with his thought that work in philosophy is “a work on oneself. On one’s own conception.” (CV 24). So in Wittgenstein’s case, the question of philosophical method cannot be divorced from the question of finding the apt form of presentation for philosophical thought.

To deviate from accepted guidelines for how to write in research is to place oneself in a vulnerable position. It is to risk being made invisible or to stand out as insincere while struggling to retain an honest approach to the work one is engaged in. There is also a more personal aspect to writing vulnerably: it takes courage to break with norms, and it often means breaking with a way of seeing and conceptualizing that has become second nature, partly through academic training. How do I stay true to that which I write about? How do I stay open to the unexpected, allowing myself to be taken by surprise in my research? How can I avoid that the ever-present ambition of getting things under control, finding a sense of direction or finality, takes centre stage? Another aspect of vulnerability and honesty comes in when one’s academic writing is a representation of the lives of others. How can we describe the lives of others in ways that do justice to them? And how can I best reveal and communicate their situation to the reader? Can it be a merit of an academic text that it engages the reader morally, emotionally, aesthetically, as well as intellectually to feel the truth of the stories, in the way that, for example, an auto-ethnographic text aims to do? And can my personal, embodied experiences be a resource in my academic writing that strengthens, deepens and enriches my analysis of, and reflections on, that which I study?

The conference aims to elucidate the notion of vulnerable writing and the question of honesty from different perspectives, both as it is found and discussed in philosophy, and as thematized in a wide range of other disciplinary areas, for instance, ethnology, anthropology, social studies, gender studies, literary studies, rhetoric, etc..

This is the 10th annual conference organized by the Nordic Wittgenstein Society.

Abstract submission:
Abstracts of maximum 300 words should be submitted by May 10 to: moc.l1553560106iamg@1553560106SWNsn1553560106erefn1553560106okVE1553560106
Please indicate academic field or discipline of author when submitting an abstract.
The length of presentations will be 45 minutes (including discussion):

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:
Wittgenstein’s philosophical method; the question of honesty in research; auto-ethnographic studies; the rhetoric of vulnerability; the relation between form and content in Wittgenstein’s work; the ethical implications of different ways of writing in research; representing the lives of others in academic texts; vulnerable writing and gender; the relation between writing fiction and academic writing.

Information will be posted shortly at:

NWS CONFERENCE 2019: Vulnerable Writing

For further information contact Elinor Hållén:
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CFP: Hegel and Wittgenstein – Negativity and Language

The aim of the workshop is to foster a modern philosophical dialogue capable of integrating the disconnected philosophical traditions which followed Hegel in the nineteenth century and Wittgenstein in the twentieth. The event, which is taking place at Charles University in Prague between 11 and 13 June 2019, will focus on the topic of negativity and language in Hegel and Wittgenstein, and compare differences and similarities in their approaches.

The workshop will also continue the discussion begun at the Wittgenstein–Hegel conference at TU Dresden in June 2017. We will be introducing the new volume Wittgenstein and Hegel – Reevaluation of Difference (edited by Jakub Mácha and Alexander Berg), in which twenty-three contributors explore new understandings of the relationship between Wittgenstein’s and Hegel’s philosophy. The volume is being published by De Gruyter (Berlin) and is due to be released in June 2019.
Call for abstracts

Abstracts (ca. 300 words) should be sent to moc.l1553560106iamel1553560106goog@155356010657gre1553560106B.red1553560106naxel1553560106A1553560106 by April 1, 2019.
Abstracts should be ready for double-blind review, we thus ask to remove any identification detail from the abstract. We kindly ask to send the author’s name, paper title, and affiliation in the body of the email.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by April 15, 2019.
Presentations will be allotted a total of 60 minutes, ideally 30 minutes of presentation + 30 minutes of discussion.

The workshop will be guided by: Paul Redding and Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer
Organisers: Alexander Berg and Vojtěch Kolman

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