Edited by Juliet Floyd, Yi Jiang, Stefan Majetschak, Richard Raatzsch, Nuno Venturinha and Wilhelm Vossenkuhl
Designed as an annual forum for Wittgenstein research, the yearbook Wittgenstein-Studien publishes articles and materials on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s life, work and philosophy, and on his philosophical and cultural environment. All submitted articles are peer-reviewed.
We are currently accepting submissions for volume 13 (2022). Articles should be prepared according to the journal’s author guidelines (www.ilwg.eu/?id=34) and sent to the Editor-in-chief, Prof. Dr. Stefan Majetschak, at by 31st August 2021. Book review proposals can be sent to the Book Review Editor, Prof. Dr. Nuno Venturinha, at by the same deadline.
Due to the instability and unpredictability associated with the pandemic, we have decided to postpone the 3rd Hinge Epistemology Conference on Hinge Epistemology and Religious Belief to Spring 2022.
3rd Hinge Epistemology Conference: Hinge Epistemology and Religious Belief
NOVA University of Lisbon
Tuesday 7 - Wednesday 8 June 2022
Submissions of abstracts are invited for a two-day conference on Hinge Epistemology, hosted by the NOVA Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA) at the NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal), in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine (USA), and the University of Hertfordshire (UK).
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. Nuno Venturinha (), copied to Prof. Danièle Moyal-Sharrock () by 1st March 2022. 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 religious epistemology but also 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.
This conference 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. For more information about the project, please visit: www.arglab.ifilnova.pt/en/projects/erb
Department of Philosophy of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan; Triennale di Milano.
Raffaele Ariano (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele di Milano), Leonardo Caffo (NABA - Nuova accademia di belle arti di Milano; Fondazione Triennale di Milano).
Sandra Laugier – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (keynote)
Stephen Mulhall – University of Oxford (keynote)
Piergiorgio Donatelli – Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma
Viktor Johansson – Södertörn University Stockholm
Franco La Cecla – NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano
Davide Sparti – Università di Siena
Domenico Spinosa – Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera
Catherine Wheatley – King’s College London
Two years have passed since his death, and Stanley Cavell’s figure keeps growing in stature for philosophy, the humanities and the humanistic social sciences of our time. Courses and conferences devoted to his work have been and are being held regularly in universities all over the globe, while the amount of scholarly work on him shows no sign of diminishing. It is not only that few recent thinkers can count within their oeuvre masterworks of the importance of The Claim of Reason and The World Viewed. It is not even just the breadth of his research interests – encompassing topics as varied as Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Shakespeare, film, democracy, education and literature, to name just a few – that makes Cavell’s production so significant. It is his capacity to delve deeply into the technical debates of academic philosophy and humanities whilst, at the same time, attaining a truly distinctive voice. His prominence is due not only to his work as a scholar, but also as a writer and intellectual. For such reasons, Cavell invites us to problematize and reinvent philosophy in a manner important to our academic institutions as well as our society at large.
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan, in partnership with the art and design museum Triennale di Milano, will host a two-day interdisciplinary international conference on Cavell’s philosophy and figure. The call for papers encourages a variety of approaches and contributions, addressing scholars in the fields of history of philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, political theory and philosophy of language, as well as those working in film studies, comparative literature, North American studies, gender studies, visual and cultural studies, intellectual history and history of ideas. The aim of the conference will be not only to deepen the present understanding of Cavell’s thought through the analysis and interpretation of specific aspects of his production, but also to open new lines of interaction with other thinkers and topics both within and beyond the academic study of philosophy.
The conference will be structured around thematic sessions.
Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:
America and transcendentalism: Emerson, Thoreau and beyond. Inheriting a method? Cavell’s Austin. Inheriting a method? A therapeutic reading of Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein, criteria and skepticism. Parallels and contrasts: Cavell’s reading of Heidegger, Lévinas, Rawls, Derrida… Voices and styles: Cavell vs romanticism, pragmatism, ordinary language philosophy, deconstruction, post-modernism, etc. Cavell and psychoanalysis Cavell’s theory of modernism in music, theater, and the visual arts. Cavell’s Shakespeare between skepticism, tragedy and comedy. Cavell and film studies (ontology and realism, genre, ethics, television, close-analysis of individual films, etc.) Cavell and gender studies Philosophy and education. Ethics and politics (perfectionism, agreement, giving reasons, rules and foundations, etc.) “Analytic” and “continental”: past, present, and future of a (supposed) divide. Please send your proposals (max. 300 words) and a short bio (max. 150 words) to by May 1, 2021
There are many parallels between the thinkers Simone Weil and Ludwig Wittgenstein. They each lived in a tense relationship with religion, with both being estranged from their cultural Jewish ancestry, and both being tempted at various times by the teachings of Catholicism. They both underwent a profound and transformative mystical turn early into their careers. Both operated against the backdrop of escalating global conflict in the early 20th century. Both were concerned, amongst other things, with questions of culture, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, science, and necessity. And, perhaps most notably, they both sought to radically embody their ideas and physically ‘live’ their philosophies. Yet despite this, there exists no systematic attempt in the literature to chart the connections, contrasts, and comparisons between these two profoundly influential thinkers. This anthology proposes to fill this gap in the literature, by collating a series of essays that track the relationship between the two, their thought, and any potential areas of meaningful overlap and communication between them. It is hoped that doing so may help cast a clarifying light over the work of two of the most enigmatic philosophers of the 20th century, as well as providing a rich resource for approaching the issues discussed by both thinkers from a fresh perspective. This anthology is accepting abstracts on any of the topics mentioned above, and any further topics that may be of philosophical, ethical, or theological interest. Abstracts should be 500 words, and should be sent with a 50 word biography to , under the topic ‘Wittgenstein and Weil’. Deadline for abstract submission is June 30th 2021.
Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung – Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 1921 – 2021 A Series of Centennial Lectures
The Joint Research Center in Logic of Tsinghua University and the University of Amsterdam (tsinghualogic.net/JRC) announces a series of ten lectures in commemoration of the fact that in 2021 it is a hundred years ago that Ludwig Wittgenstein’s seminal book Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung – Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus first appeared. The series is organised by Hao Tang () and Martin Stokhof ().
Kevin Cahill, University of Bergen
Eli Friedlander, Tel Aviv University
Dimitris Gakis, Catholic University Leuven
Hans-Johann Glock, Universität Zürich
Oskari Kuusela, University of East Anglia
Benjamin de Mesel, Catholic University of Leuven
Sami Pihlström, University of Helsinki
Göran Sundholm, Leiden University
Thomas Ricketts, University of Pittsburgh
Ben Ware, King’s College, London
Date & time The lecture series consists of ten lectures given over a five-week period, between May 17 and June 16. There will be two lectures per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, except for the second week, when the lectures will take place on Tuesday and Thursday, at the following times: 21.00 – 23.00 China (CST or UTC+8) = 15.00 – 17.00 Europe (CET or UTC+2) = 14.00 – 16.00 UK (GMT or UTC+1) = 09.00 – 11.00 US, Eastern (UTC-4)
Venue The lecture series will take place online, via Zoom. Details about the online meeting location will be made available to registered participants in due course.
Participation & registration Participation is free and open to all who are interested in Wittgenstein’s early work. Participants are asked to register at the following website: tsinghualogic.net/JRC/?page_id=2364
We feel that even when all possible scientific questions6.52 have been answered, the problems of life remain completely untouched.Of course there are then no questions left, and this itself is the answer.
Ludwig Witttgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.52
We are organizing the publication of a dossier celebrating the centenary of publication of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.The publication will take place in the latest issue of Aurora Journal of Philosophy, in 2022. Therefore, we invite all interested parties to submit their contributions directly to the journal’s website.
Some information about the dossier “Wittgenstein:The Tractatus after 100 years”:
The paper must be written in English, containing title, abstract, and references.
The article must contain between five and seven thousand words. Articles that exceed this number of words will be evaluated by the organizers of the dossier together with the editors of the journal;
All submissions will be evaluated through peer review and blind review processes;
Interviews with researchers related to the thought of Wittgenstein, as well as critical reviews of works related to the thematic proposal of this issue may also be submitted.
A New World View: Vienna’s Contribution to European Culture 1890-1935
The Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI) is holding a three day, online, Vienna Symposium from Friday 19 - Sunday 21 March and we thought you might be interested in circulating the details to the members of the British Wittgenstein Society? We held a similar event in 2019 which was a huge success.
We have nine online talks with outstanding speakers who will throw light on a turbulent and exciting period in European culture that had an influence we still feel today.
Stefan Zweig’s connection to Bath; music in secessionist Vienna; Freud and the genesis of psychoanalysis; the ground-breaking work of Wittgenstein; the influence of the Vienna Circle; modernist women writers on Vienna; the art of Oskar Kokoschka and how a new direction for architecture took root in the city all feature in our richly varied programme.
Please take a look at our website for the full programme and the booking link (via Eventbrite). Tickets cost £40 for the whole event (ie nine talks), with a 50% discount for students.
Anthem Press is delighted to announce the upcoming title Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Colour: A Commentary and Interpretation by Andrew Lugg.
The book is a remark-by-remark guide to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Colour coupled with an interpretation of his thinking about colour and colour language. Emphasis is placed on the kind of philosopher Wittgenstein was and his distinctive contribution to philosophy.
About the Author: Author of Wittgenstein's Investigations 1-133, Andrew Lugg writes on the philosophies of Ludwig Wittgenstein and W.V. Quine. He lives and works in Montreal.
Further information about Andrew Lugg and his work, including Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Colour, is available here.
This collection of previously unpublished manuscripts was posted off by Wittgenstein to be considered for publication during World War 2, in October 1941, however, remained hidden for over two generations. There are many competing interpretations of Wittgenstein's philosophy, but his work and its impact have been felt in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
The book further includes key explanations by the editors of the origin and background of these previously unknown manuscripts. It investigates how Wittgenstein’s philosophical thought-processes are revealed in his dictation to, as well as his editing and revision with Francis Skinner, in the latter’s role of amanuensis. The book displays a considerable wealth and variety of Wittgenstein’s fundamental experiments in philosophy across a wide array of subjects that include the mind, pure and applied mathematics, metaphysics, the identities of ordinary and creative language, as well as intractable problems in logic and life. He also periodically engages with the work of Newton, Fermat, Russell and others. The book shows Wittgenstein strongly battling against the limits of understanding and the bewitchment of institutional and linguistic customs.
The reader is drawn in by Wittgenstein as he urges his audience to join him in his struggles to equip them with skills, so that they can embark on devising new pathways beyond confusion.