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Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne (UMR8103)
Centre de philosophie contemporaine de la Sorbonne (PhiCo-EXeCO)

Co-sponsored by Institut Universitaire de France

Wittgenstein Seminar 2019-2020


Organized by: Christiane Chauviré, Bruno Ambroise, Pierre Fasula, Sandra Laugier

Location: Sorbonne, University Paris 1, UFR de philosophie, 17, rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 5e, escalier C, 1er étage, droite, salle Lalande

After several years devoted to the concept of the form of life - at the junction of Wittgenstein philosophy and critical theory, a question which will be the occasion of a special session on 26th October, the 2019-2020 Wittgenstein seminar will signal the return to the forefront of the philosophical scene of ordinary language philosophy; understood not only as the study of its main figures (Wittgenstein, Austin, Strawson, Ryle, Cavell) but also as an alternative paradigm in philosophy of language. Recently, books (Avner Baz, Sandra Laugier, Toril Moi, etc.) and journal issues ("Who's Afraid of Ordinary Language Philosophy? A Plea for Reviving a Wrongly Reviled Tradition", GFPJ, Alice Crary and Joel De Lara) affirmed the relevance of Wittgenstein's and Austin's methods, thus contesting a long tradition of "OLP bashing" and proposing a new narrative in the philosophy of language. The death of ordinary language philosophy has been heralded many times since the late 1960s, but despite its many destructions and criticisms by Gellner, Katz, Fodor, Geach, Grice, etc., it has resisted. From now on it reemerges in the most diverse fields: ethics, gender and queer studies, social criticism, literary theory, economics, film studies… But also at the heart of philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, where it constitutes a critical and realistic alternative to a dominant and conformist version of philosophy of mind.


October 5, 2019 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Lalande Room
Introductory session by Sandra Laugier, Bruno Ambroise, Pierre Fasula

October 26, 2019 - 9:30 am - 1 pm - Lalande room
"Vital Forms and Social Criticism"
Alice Crary (New School for Social Research)
Estelle Ferrarese (UPJV)
Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt Universität)

November 9, 2019 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Lalande Room
Sabina Lovibond (Oxford.)
"What is ordinary moral thought? Various phenomenologies"

November 30, 2019 – Lalande Room
Workshop "Wittgenstein and the imagination"
Organized by David Zapero and Christian Martin

December 7, 2019 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Lalande Room
Layla Raïd (UPJV) and Mona Gérardin (Univ. Paris Nanterre)
"Philosophy of ordinary language: feminist issues"

January 11 2020 - 9h30-13h - salle Lalande
"Law and philosophy of ordinary language"
Bruno Ambroise (CNRS, ISJPS)
Gregory Bligh (University of Paris Est - Créteil)
Marie Gren (Paris 1, ISJPS)
R. Sefton-Green (Paris 1, ISJPS)
Antoine Camby and Nicolas Nayfeld (Paris 1)

February 1st, 2020 - 10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Constantine Sandis (Univ. Hertfordshire)
"Règle-description in Cavell. No picnic"

March 7, 2020 - 10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Christophe Al-Saleh (UPJV)

April 4, 2020 - 10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Maxime de Gaynesford (Univ. Reading)

May 16, 2020 -10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Piergorgio Donatelli (Univ. Roma La Sapienza)

June 6, 2020 -10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Toril Moi (Duke Univ.)
"Wittgenstein and Literary Criticism"

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CFA: Wittgenstein, Law and Action: 11th Annual Conference of the British Wittgenstein Society

CFA: Conference Wittgenstein: Naturalism and Necessity

Conference Wittgenstein: Naturalism and Necessity
Department of PhilosophyWittgenstein Archives BergenUniversity of Bergen, Norway  21-22 November 2019

We invite submissions of 500-word abstracts (excluding references) sent to  and . Please use 'Wittgenstein conference' in the subject line.
Deadline 25 August, decisions by 20 September. Length of the talk: 25 min + 20 min Q&A. There is no registration fee, but the contributed speakers will have to arrange their travel to, and accommodation in Bergen (organizers can provide logistical assistance).

The conference will include invited talks by Juliet Floyd (Boston), Oskari Kuusela (East Anglia), Alexander George (Amherst College), Annalisa Coliva (UC Irvine), Severin Schroeder (Reading), William Child (Oxford).
Possible paper topics:
- Questions about Wittgenstein’s naturalism and necessity, logico-mathematical and/or metaphysical
- Differences and similarities between Wittgenstein’s naturalism and other naturalist approaches (e.g. Quine’s scientific naturalism, Maddy's second philosophy, etc.)
- Anthropological and cultural aspects, as related to Wittgenstein's famous remark that “mathematics is after all an anthropological phenomenon” (RFM VII-33)

The themes mentioned above indicate only a few possible directions for presentations. The common thread is exploring issues concerning Wittgenstein’s naturalism, his take on necessity and their relation to his philosophy of mathematics (and logic) -- including, but not limited to, his views on the foundations of set-theory.

The WIENER AUSGABE of Wittgenstein’s writings has found a new publisher: Vittorio Klostermann in Frankfurt am Main

See documents




Linguistic and Rational Pragmatism: The Philosophies of Wittgenstein and Brandom.

ISPUTATIO. Philosophical Research Bulletin (Madrid, ISSN: 2254-0601), is pleased to announce the publication of the second advance of Special Issue: Linguistic and Rational Pragmatism: The Philosophies of Wittgenstein and Brandom.
DISPUTATIO. Boletín de Investigación Filosófica (Madrid, ISSN: 2254-0601), se complace en anunciar la publicación del segundo avance del número especial: Pragmatismo lingüístico y racional: las filosofías de Wittgenstein y Brandom.



Vojtěch Kolman
“What the Picture Tells Me Is Itself”: The Reflexivity of Knowledge between Brandom and Wittgenstein
[«Lo que el retrato me relata es a sí mismo»: la reflexividad del conocimiento entre Brandom y Wittgenstein] (English)
“What the Picture Tells Me Is Itself”: The Reflexivity of Knowledge between Brandom and Wittgenstein

Tomasz Zarębski
Does Language Have an Essence? From Wittgenstein via Rhees to Brandom
[¿El lenguaje tiene una esencia? De Wittgenstein vía Rhees a Brandom] (English)
Does Language Have an Essence? From Wittgenstein via Rhees to Brandom

Pietro Salis
Does language have a downtown? Wittgenstein, Brandom, and the game of “giving and asking for reasons”
[¿El lenguaje tiene un centro? Wittgenstein, Brandom y el juego de dar y pedir razones?] (English)
Does language have a downtown? Wittgenstein, Brandom, and the game of “giving and asking for reasons”

Sybren Heyndels
A Regress of Justification? Brandom and Wittgenstein on Certainty and Reasonable Doubt
[¿Una regresión de justificación? Brandom y Wittgenstein sobre la certeza y la duda razonable] (English)
A Regress of Justification? Brandom and Wittgenstein on Certainty and Reasonable Doubt

Florian Franken Figueiredo
Brandom and Wittgenstein: Disagreements on how to be in agreement with a rule
[Wittgenstein y Brandom: desacuerdos sobre estar de acuerdo con una regla] (English)
Brandom and Wittgenstein: Disagreements on how to be in agreement with a rule

Daniel E. Kalpokas
Perception: A Blind Spot in Brandom’s Normative Pragmatics
[Percepción: un punto ciego en la pragmática normativa de Brandom] (English)
Perception: A Blind Spot in Brandom’s Normative Pragmatics

Juan José Acero
Wittgenstein vs. Chomsky: To Shorten the Distance
[Wittgenstein vs. Chomsky: recortando distancias] (Spanish)
Wittgenstein vs. Chomsky: To Shorten the Distance

Manuel de Pinedo
Two Forms of Quietism: What can be Spoken About in Philosophy?
[Dos formas de quietismo: ¿De qué se puede hablar en filosofía?] (Spanish)
Two Forms of Quietism: What can be Spoken About in Philosophy?

Freddy O. Santamaría; Simon Ruiz Martínez
What does it mean to belong to a community?
[¿Qué significa pertenecer a una comunidad?] (Spanish)
What does it mean to belong to a community?

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verse by Keith Farman

(I am therefore I think)

The world is all that is the case
Totality of facts not things
If it can be said
It can be thought
And imagination takes wings

To think, to say that this is true
Demands we might be wrong
Negation is the dark
That lets the light be seen
Act sires thought: the singer writes the song

Without us the violin makes no sound
The notes and signs don’t play
Just endless possibility
We must set the music free
What we think in what we say

Instinctive certitude is the hinge
That carries knowing’s door
The world begins as given
Furniture for mind
So grounded thoughts can soar

What cannot be said must be shown
No rules if I cannot wrongly apply
Though there are limits to what I see
This field has no boundary
To tell the truth, demands the lie

We cannot will the world to change
We must act to make it so
Freedom makes us choose
To win means we might lose
We may be sure but cannot know

I have my father’s eyes, my mother’s hands
My brother sounds like me
My daughter has my mother’s smile
My son her sense of style
But no one trait defines our family

I give you no theories no plans no schemes
Patterns are there immune to chance
Look, then act, then see
Together we learn how to be
Meaning is always a beautiful dance

Call for Papers: Skepticism

Link to CfP:  

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 to CfP:

Slobodan Perović

Department of Philosophy

University of Belgrade, Serbia

Slobodan Perović

Department of Philosophy

University of Belgrade, Serbia

Anthem Studies in Wittgenstein

"Mathematics with a Human Face: Set Theory within a Naturalized Wittgensteinean Framework"

The University of Bergen, Philosophy Department welcomes applications for a PhD fellowship within the research project "Mathematics with a Human Face: Set Theory within a Naturalized Wittgensteinean Framework", funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Project leaders Sorin Bangu and Kevin Cahill.
All information available

Intercultural U​nderstanding, Belonging and Value: A Wittgensteinian Approach

3-year funding award for the research project
“Intercultural Understanding, Belonging and Value: Wittgensteinian Approaches” 💫
Funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (Spain) 
Principal Investigator: Chon Tejedor (University of Valencia) 

Research Team: 
• Carla Carmona (University of Sevilla)
• David Pérez-Chico (University of Zaragoza)
• Nicolas Sanchez Dura (University of Valencia)
• Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte (University of Valencia)
• Chon Tejedor (University of Valencia)

Research Working Plan group: 
• Juliet Floyd (Boston University)
• Elise Marrou (La Sorbonne)
• Daniele Moyal-Sharrock (University of Hertfordshire & BWS)
• Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire & BWS)
• Roger Teichmann (University of Oxford)

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