British Wittgenstein Society

Menu Close

Category: event (page 2 of 2)

Doing Ethics after Wittgenstein Conference Videos now available

Video (external link)

The Philosophy Department at the University of Hertfordshire is delighted to invite you to the annual Francis Bacon lecture delivered this year by Professor Raimond Gaita on Thursday 19 May at 19:00. Professor Gaita will speak on 'The Fragility of the Idea of a Common Humanity'. See below for further details, and to register your attendance to the lecture.

Please also note that the lecture will be preceded by a philosophy workshop on some themes in Professor Gaita's work, in his presence. If you would like to attend the workshop, kindly send a separate email to Daniele Moyal-Sharrock: .

We are delighted to invite you to the Francis Bacon annual lecture 2016 which is part of the philosophy public lecture series

The Fragility of the Idea of a Common Humanity
with guest speaker eminent philosopher Professor Raimond Gaita

Thursday 19 May, 18:30 - 20:00

N001, de Havilland Campus

This lecture is free of charge and open to all.
Pre-registration is required.

Book online or contact the Events Team by email or call 01707 284121

Speaker’s Abstract:
Ethically-inflected ways of speaking of humanity – as when we speak of seeing or failing to see the full humanity of others, of dehumanisation and of the common humanity of all the peoples of the earth – often go together with talk of universal human rights and sometimes with talk of the Dignity of persons or humanity. This is apparent in some of the preambles to important instruments of international law. Many philosophers believe that the concept of human rights contributes to the acknowledgement, by all peoples of the earth, of a common humanity. Some philosophers believe that the idea of the Dignity of persons (some speak of the ‘inalienable dignity’ of persons to which an unconditional respect is owed) rationally underpins the concept of universal human rights. In this lecture I shall argue that when our ways of speaking of human rights and the Dignity of persons cease to be ethically-inflected ways of speaking of humanity, they lose contact with the only vocabulary in which their importance can be made manifest.

About the speaker:
Over the past thirty years Raimond Gaita has developed an original, powerful and sometimes controversial conception of the nature of morality and ethical thought. He has made an outstanding contribution to contemporary analytic moral philosophy, not least for his distinctive vision of the nature of moral philosophy as an academic discipline.

Professor Gaita believes that it is generally a good thing for philosophers to address an educated and hard-thinking lay audience as well as their colleagues and thus he has contributed extensively to public discussion about reconciliation, collective responsibility, the role of moral considerations in politics, the Holocaust, genocide, crimes against humanity, education.

The University is proud to host the Francis Bacon lecture series alongside the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
These free public lectures aim to spotlight the valuable contribution and impact that philosophy makes to society. More information about the Francis Bacon Lecture series

Further information:
Light refreshments will be served from 18:30, lecture starts at 19:00
Confirmation of your booking and a parking permit will be sent electronically shortly before the event

University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB


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:

Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosopher, Poet And Patron


Grillparzerhaus, Johannesgasse 6, 1010 Wien

Talks at the Grillparzerhaus


12 and 13 April 2016

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) is recognised as the most influential philosopher of the 20th century. His impact continues to be strong not only in philosophy, but also in literature, aesthetics, economics and social sciences. Born and educated in Vienna into one of the most affluent and culturally active families of the Habsburg Empire, Wittgenstein spent the most productive and happy periods in his life in Norway, where he produced some of his major writings. Wittgenstein was influenced by Norwegian culture already in the family circle in Vienna - Ibsen was a beloved author of the Wittgensteins. What Ludwig inherited from them and it remained deeply rooted in him throughout his life, was the feeling of duty towards cultural values and social responsibility. As his father had financed the Vienna Secession and the Academy of Sciences, so Ludwig Wittgenstein made in 1914 a large financial contribution to artists in need, among them Rainer Maria Rilke, Adolf Loos and Georg Trakl.

In this symposium, a major emphasis will be put for the first time in Vienna on Wittgenstein's connection with Norway and the recent Norwegian contributions to Wittgenstein research - in general education, as well as at the Wittgenstein Archives in Bergen. Leading Norwegian intellectuals will debate his relevance today, thus setting an example in his city of birth.

An emphasis will be put also on the tradition of Wittgenstein's family as patrons of modern art, Ludwig Wittgenstein's own example highlighted, and parallels will be drawn between his time and cultural funding in today's world. In addition the Literature Museum in Vienna will contribute towards Wittgenstein's importance as a writer and a representative of Modernism.



Knut Olav Åmås (Stiftung Fritt Ord, Moderation)
Marjorie Perloff (Stanford University)
Alois Pichler (Wittgenstein Archiv, Universität Bergen)
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (Snøhetta Architektur)

Ludwig Wittgenstein spent some of his most important and productive periods in Skjolden in the Norwegian Sognefjord between 1913 and 1950. What did he find and accomplish there? And why did one of the most important thinkers of the last century chose, on several occasions, to leave privileged circles in Vienna and Cambridge and to live in rural parts of Austria, Ireland, and Norway? Was Wittgenstein a philosopher in exile? How would such a person be regarded today? Would he ever get a position at a university?


Knut Olav Åmås (Stiftung Fritt Ord, Moderation)
Steven Beller (Washington DC, Historiker)
Ilyas Khan (Stanhill Foundation)
Eva Nowotny (Österreichische Kommission für UNESCO)
Bjørn Øiulfstad (Norwegischer Stiftungsverband)
Christian Witt-Dörring (Neue Galerie New York)

In what ways are arts, culture and science/research funded today? And how do the different funding models influence the activities and results? The relation between public and private funding is quite different from country to country. What is the situation today in Scandinavia/Norway, Austria, Great Britain, and the United States? And what can we learn from the philanthropists today and the last hundred years?


James Conant (University of Chicago)
Ray Monk (University of Southampton)
Alfred Schmidt (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Moderation)

In the early twentieth century, Vienna’s artistic and cultural landscape experienced an unprecedented shift toward modernity: Adolf Loos and the Secession movement, Arnold Schönberg, Jung Wien and Karl Kraus, Sigmund Freud, Ernst Mach and the Vienna Circle—just to mention the most important names. Proceeding from Janik’s and Toulmin’s thesis in Wittgenstein’s Vienna, the question will be explored regarding to what extent Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophical work is deeply rooted in this very specific culture of Viennese modernity.


In co-operation with the Literaturmuseum of the Austrian National Library and Der Standard

Isolde Charim (Moderation)
László F. Földényi
Allan Janik (Brenner Archiv)
Robert Menasse
Marjorie Perloff (Stanford University)

„Philosophie dürfte man eigentlich nur dichten“
(Wittgenstein: Vermischte Bemerkungen / Culture and Value, 12.12.1933)

What is the connection between poetry and philosophy? What do literary and philosophical texts have in common? —Representatives from science and literature will be discussing the reciprocal relationships between literature and philosophy.

Secretary General
Wittgenstein Initiative
Kriehubergasse 15/23, 1050 Wien
Tel: +43 699 19238373



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

Welsh Philosophical Society 52nd Session registration now open

Welsh Philosophical Society 52nd Session

CFP: Wittgenstein and Pragmatism

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

8th British Wittgenstein Society Annual Conference: registration now open

Booking for the Eighth British Wittgenstein Society Annual Conference booking is now open.
Eighth British Wittgenstein Society Annual Conference on the theme of Wittgenstein, Ethics and Religion

The Conference will take place at Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, Leeds, LS6 2BX, beginning at 09:30 on Tuesday 6th September and finish at 18:00 on Wednesday 7th September 2016.

Last Booking Date for this Event
23rd August 2016

List of speakers:

Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open University)
Gabriel Citron (Toronto)
John Haldane (St Andrews)
Stephen Mulhall (Oxford)
Wayne Proudfoot (Columbia)
Duncan Richter (Virginia M.I.)
Genia Schönbaumsfeld (Southampton)
Michael Scott (Manchester)
Chon Tejedor (Hertfordshire)
Rowan Williams (Cambridge)


British Wittgenstein Lecture

Professor Paul Standish (Philosophy of Education, UCL) preparing to give the British Wittgenstein Lecture at the Leavis Society Conference in Downing College Cambridge, on 24 September. The title of the lecture, in which Professor Standish drew attention to the many commonalities between Wittgenstein and Leavis, was: 'Absolute pitch and exquisite rightness of tone'.

Laurence Goldstein Memorial Lecture

This lecture celebrates the philosophy and humour of Professor Laurence Goldstein on13-14 May at the Lecture Theatre 3, Grimond Building
University of Kent, Canterbury Campus

Download the poster (in pdf format))
Full conference details (online)

Skip to toolbar