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CFP: Wittgenstein: language, practical knowledge and embodiment

Call for papers - Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio

Vol. 12, N. 2/2018: Wittgenstein: language, practical knowledge and embodiment

Edited by Annalisa Coliva

Deadline: 30.06.2018

This special issue of RIFL is devoted to the re-contextualization of Wittgenstein's ideas regarding the nature of our linguistic competence and abilities at large, in the light of recent developments in the philosophy of mind, such as the raise of the enactivist program (Hutto, Myin, Noë) and the development of a usage-based theory of language acquisition (Tomasello). Central to these approaches is the idea, proposed by Wittgenstein in On Certainty, that at the bottom of our language games is a practice ("In the beginning it was the deed", writes Wittgenstein in On Certainty, quoting Goethe). Some interpreters, have taken this to mean that our basic certainties, on which our language games hinge, are ultimately non-propositional, but enacted in our everyday practices. The implications of these ideas for our understanding of language, language acquisition, and other human abilities, such as for instance reading, are enormous. In particular, these ideas have been taken as a start for a thorough anti-representationalist program, in the philosophy of mind, but also in linguistics and in developmental psychology, capable of challenging dominant views in each of these areas, championed, for instance, by Fodor in the philosophy of mind, by Chomsky in linguistics and by Gopnik in developmental psychology. At the same time, this topic connects with reflections at the interface between epistemology, the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, regarding the nature of these abilities. Namely, if they have to be considered, ultimately, as specimens of propositional knowledge, as Chomsky and more recently Williamson and Stanley have maintained, or whether they are irreducibly practical, as Ryle and Wittgenstein, as well as enactivists nowadays maintain.

We invite contributions on the following topics:

  • the nature of linguistic competence;

  • practical vs propositional knowledge;

  • abilities and skills;

  • reading;

  • situated and embodied cognition;

  • action and perception;

  • memory;

  • the later Wittgenstein's conception of linguistic abilities.

Submissions may be in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Abstract in English of no more than 250 words is required for all manuscripts submitted. Each manuscript should have title and 5 keywords in English. Submissions must be prepared for blind review. The author’s name, the institutional affiliation and the title’s paper must be placed in a separate file. Manuscripts must be sent as Microsoft Word file (.doc or .rtf) to:

Instructions for authors:

Max length:
40000 characters (including spaces) for articles (including the references) and reviews;
20000 characters (including spaces) for interviews;
10000 characters (including spaces) for specific paper review.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2018
Issue publication: December 2018


KU Leuven, Belgium
September 21-23, 2017

James Conant (University of Chicago)
Raimond Gaita (University of Melbourne)
Sophie-Grace Chappell (The Open University)
Edward Harcourt (University of Oxford)
Sabina Lovibond (University of Oxford)
Martin Stokhof (University of Amsterdam)

We invite submissions for a 25 minute presentation followed by a 20 minute discussion. Papers may be submitted on any issue falling within the conference theme. Please send an abstract as attachment (about 500 words), prepared for multiple blind review, to by April 15, 2017. The author's name and affiliation should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance will be given by May 15, 2017.

Please note that no financial support can be provided for travel expenses and accommodation.

For more information, visit our conference website:

Please do not hesitate to contact the organizers () if you have any questions about the conference. ​​




Kirchberg am Wechsel, 6 - 12 of August 2017
Scientific Organizers:
Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau (Vienna)
Friedrich Stadler (Vienna)

1. Wittgenstein
2. Perception and Intentionality
3. Perception and Concepts
4. The Epistemology of Perception
5. Theories of Perception in the Cognitive Sciences
6. Theories and Scientific Observation

Workshop (organizers: Johannes Brandl und Guillaume Fréchette): "Franz Brentano and the Myth of the Given" (on the occasion of the Brentano Centennial), participants: Johannes Brandl, Guillaume Fréchette, Uriah Kriegel, Olivier Massin, Michelle Montague, Marcello Oreste Fiocco

The list of invited speakers includes:

Johannes Brandl, Salzburg
William Brewer, London
Tyler Burge, Los Angeles
Ophélia Deroy, London
Marcello Oreste Fiocco, Salzburg
Guillaume Fréchette, Salzburg
Nivedita Gangopadhyay, Bergen
Christopher Gauker, Salzburg
Kathrin Glüer, Stockholm
Pierre Jacob, Paris
Mark Eli Kalderon, London
Uriah Kriegel, Paris
Michael G. F. Martin, London
Julian Kiverstein, Amsterdam
Olivier Massin, Geneva
Sofia Miguens, Porto
Michelle Montague, Austin
Erik Myin, Antwerp
Bence Nanay, Antwerp
Matthew Nudds, Coventry
Jesse Prinz, New York
Athanassios Raftopoulos, Nikosia
Johannes Roessler, Coventry
Susanna Schellenberg, New Jersey
Hans Sluga, Berkeley
Paul Snowdon, London
David Stern, Iowa
Charles Travis, London
Michael Tye, Austin
Frédérique de Vignemont, Paris

Deadline for submission of contributed papers (to section 1-6): 15th of April, 2017
(Instructions for authors:

Antecedent to the symposium:

9th LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 (David Stern, Hans Sluga)

2–5 of August 2017 in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria

Meaning, Mind, and Action: Wittgenstein's Lectures, Cambridge, 1930-33

With: David Stern (Iowa) and Hans Sluga (Berkeley)
Scientific Organization and Direction: Volker A. Munz (Klagenfurt)

(For applications see:

For further information:


Call for Papers: Wittgenstein’s Notebooks 1914-1916

Call for Papers
The colloquium ‘Wittgenstein’s Notebooks 1914-1916’ will take place at the Université du Québec à Montréal and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Montréal and Trois-Rivières, Canada), on May 4-6, 2017.

The aim of the colloquium is to encourage a more systematic study of Wittgenstein’s Notebooks 1914-1916, hoping to achieve a better understanding of his earliest philosophy, and to understand how they prefigure or differ from those expressed in the Tractatus. The hope then is to reach, on a broad range of topics, a better understanding of the Tractatus itself and the originality of the Notebooks.


Invited speakers:

Guido Bonino (Università degli Studi di Torino)
Pasquale Frascolla (Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Potenza)
Sébastien Gandon (Université Blaise-Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand)
Fraser MacBride (University of Manchester)
Ray Monk (University of Southampton)
Kevin Mulligan (Université de Genève)
Ian Proops (University of Texas at Austin)
Janyne Sattler (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria)
Genia Schönbaumsfeld (University of Southampton)
Peter Sullivan (University of Stirling)
Peter Simons (Trinity College, Dublin)
José Zalabardo (University College, London)
Limited funding is available for up to two PhD students or young scholars, who have obtained their diploma within the past 5 years.
Proposals should not be more than 1000 words in length, written in English or French, and should be sent to one of the organizers, below, by February 1, 2017.
Proposals will be anonymously refereed and notice of acceptance will be sent by the second week of March.


Mathieu Marion (UQAM)

Jimmy Plourde (UQTR)

The colloquium is organized with the support of the British Wittgenstein Society


Call for Abstracts

What’s Wrong (and What’s Right) with Ordinary Language Philosophy?

The 8th Nordic Wittgenstein Society Symposium
Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland) May 5-6, 2017

The label “ordinary language philosophy” (OLP) was probably coined by its detractors. Common objections against OLP are that philosophers engaging in it gratuitously limit their attention to the most common ways of using words, that they give current or non-specialized usage normative ascendancy over more sophisticated uses, and that they neglect the need for empirical investigation in settling issues of usage.
In defence of OLP it has been suggested that much of the criticisms are due to misunderstandings of methodologies such as those adopted by Wittgenstein, Austin, and others. The ordinary language philosophers are the ones who intend to approach language without preconceptions, by attending to the way words actually occur in interaction – not so much the language of everyday as the everyday of language. Nor are ordinary language philosophers out to chart maps of current or correct usage: their aim is rather to dissolve worries that arise out of misconstruals of our own ways of speaking. They are not in the business of new discoveries but rather of reminding ourselves of how we speak.
The aim of this closing conference of our research project “The Philosophical Import of Ordinary Language Philosophy: Austin, Ryle, Wittgenstein, and their contemporary significance” (2013-17) is to explore the aspirations and procedures of ordinary language philosophy. Are they unified or diverse? Are they intelligible? Are they defensible? How do philosophical outlooks that have an apparent affinity with ordinary language philosophy, such as experimental philosophy or various contemporary forms of contextualism, relate to OLP?

We invite submissions from those wishing to present a paper on a topic related to the conference theme. Speakers will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.
Please send an abstract of up to 500 words to by February 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the selection result by March 1, 2017.
The conference is organized by the Nordic Wittgenstein Society and the research project "The Philosophical Import of Ordinary Language Philosophy" [ ], which is financed by the Academy of Finland and coordinated by Professor Martin Gustafsson, Åbo Akademi University. The organizers are doctoral candidate Kim-Erik Berts, Professor emeritus Lars Hertzberg, and Dr Yrsa Neuman.


Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics of Nature and of Art

Scientific Organizers:
Stefan Majetschak (Kassel)
Anja Weiberg (Vienna)

1. Wittgenstein
2. Aesthetics in a Globalised World
3. Analytical Theories of Art
4. Environmental Aesthetics, Aesthetics of Nature and Ecoaesthetics
5. Philosophy and History of Arts
6. Art and Ethics

Workshop (org. A. Pichler): Wittgenstein Source and the New Nachlass

Invited Speakers:
Madalina Diaconu, Vienna
Katrin Eggers, Basel
James M. Fielding, Paris
Josef Früchtl, Amsterdam
Jianping Gao, Beijing
Martin Gessmann, Offenbach
Felix Gmür, Basel
Richard Heinrich, Vienna
Lars Hertzberg, Åbo
Thomas Hilgers, Düsseldorf
Yi Jiang, Peking
Peter Keicher, Vienna
Oskari Kuusela, Norwich
Peter Lamarque, York
Jerrold Levinson, Maryland
Karlheinz Lüdeking, Berlin
Petra Kolmer, Bonn
Matthias Kross, Potsdam
Georg Mohr, Bremen
Ray Monk, Southampton
Sabine Plaud, Strassburg
Matthew Rampley, Birmingham
Aaron Ridley, Southampton
Ruth Ronen, Tel Aviv
Josef Rothhaupt, Munich
Beth Savickey, Winnipeg
Simo Säätelä, Bergen
Reinold Schmücker, Münster
Joachim Schulte, Zurich
Eva Schürmann, Magdeburg
Gabriele Tomasi, Padua
Christiane Voss, Weimar
Astrid Wagner, Berlin
David Wagner, Vienna
Zhuofei Wang, Kassel
Wolfgang Welsch, Jena
Tanja Wetzel, Kassel
Andrea Wilke, Bonn

Deadline for submission of contributed papers: 30th of April, 2016
(Instructions for authors:

Before the Symposium takes place the

8th LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN SUMMER SCHOOL 2016 (Oskari Kuusela, Lars Hertzberg)

3–6 of August 2015 in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria

Seeing as: "Philosophical Investigations", Part II, xi

With: Oskari Kuusela (Norwich) and Lars Hertzberg (Abo)
Scientific Organization and Direction: Volker A. Munz (Klagenfurt)


For further information:



Symposium Website

Georg Henrik von Wright (1916-2003) is known for his contributions to many key fields in analytic philosophy, as a builder of bridges between the analytic and the continental traditions in contemporary philosophy and as one of the main editors of the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In 1948 von Wright succeeded Wittgenstein as professor of philosophy at Cambridge's Trinity College. He returned from Cambridge to Finland after Wittgenstein's death in 1951.

In this centenary year of Von Wright's birth, the symposium "Von Wright and Wittgenstein in Cambridge" will focus on the philosophical dynamics and consequences of the relation between von Wright and Wittgenstein with a special emphasis on von Wright as an interpreter and editor of Wittgenstein.


September 20-23, 2016


Strathaird, Cambridge, UK

Strathaird is the house in which the von Wright family lived in Cambridge in 1949-1950. On several different occasions, Ludwig Wittgenstein also stayed at Strathaird as guest of the von Wright family. The house is now owned by Lucy Cavendish College.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Marco Brusotti (Lecce / Berlin)
  • Alberto Emiliani (Helsinki)
  • Christian Erbacher (Bergen)
  • Lars Hertzberg (Abo)
  • James Klagge (Virginia Tech)
  • Andre Maury (Helsinki)
  • Volker Munz (Klagenfurt)
  • Alois Pichler (Bergen)
  • Josef Rothhaupt, (Munchen)
  • Joachim Schulte (Zurich)
  • Jonathan Smith (Trinity)
  • Use Somavilla (Innsbruck)
  • Anne-Marie S0ndergaard-Christensen (Odense)
  • Friedrich Stadler (Wien)

There will be a workshop on 'A Collection of Remarks by Ludwig Wittgenstein - Selected by Georg Henrik von Wright (1965-1966)' organised by Volker Munz and Josef Rotthaupt in cooperation with the Von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives of the University of Helsinki.

Open call for papers:

In addition to the invited speakers we invite speakers selected through an open call for papers.

We welcome contributions, also from scholars in fields other than philosophy, on:

  • the philosophical dynamics and consequences of the relation between von Wright and Wittgenstein with a special emphasis on von Wright as interpreter and editor of Wittgenstein
  • the intellectual and cultural context of the relation between von Wright and Wittgenstein.

Abstracts should:

  • be submitted no later than April 15, 2016
  • have a maximum length of 500 words
  • be sent to hy-wwa(5) Notifications will be sent out by the end of April 2016.

The maximum number of participants is 70. Early application is encouraged. Applications submitted by April 15 will be given priority.

The Symposium fee is 100 euros. Lunch and coffees served on location and a conference dinner is covered by the Symposium fee. Accommodation on location at Strathaird can be offered on request for a limited number of participants. The additional fee for participants staying at Strathaird is 100 euros.

The Symposium is organized by the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Helsinki ( in cooperation with:

  • The Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society
  • The British Wittgenstein Society
  • The International Ludwig Wittgenstein Institute (ILWI)
  • The International Ludwig Wittgenstein Society
  • The Nordic Wittgenstein Society
  • The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen

The Symposium is supported by the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, the Oskar Oflund foundation and the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Society.

Organizing Committee

  • Risto Vilkko, member of the steering committee of the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Helsinki
  • Thomas Wallgren, director, the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Helsinki
  • Bernt Österman, curator, the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Helsinki Contact point: PhD Bernt Osterman

The von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives PO Box 24

FI-00014 University of Helsinki Finland

CFP: Wittgenstein and Pragmatism

A symposium arranged by HCAS, Nordic Wittgenstein Society (NWS) and
Nordic Pragmatism Network (NPN).

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