Most commentators agree that the notion of a practice plays a significant role in Wittgenstein’s work, especially in his later thought. Yet there is no general agreement on how we should understand that role. The purpose of this workshop is to explore this question.

Confirmed speakers include

Cheryl Misak (Toronto)
David Stern (Iowa)
Juliet Floyd (Boston)
Lars Hertzberg (Åbo)

This workshop is being organized as part of the four-year project “Mathematics with a Human Face: Set Theory within a Naturalized Wittensteinian Framework”, which received funding from the Research Council of Norway in December, 2018.


While talks that focus on practice in Wittgenstein’s philosophy of mathematics are naturally encouraged, talks may address any aspect of the theme of Wittgenstein on practice. Possible topics may include the following: the nature of practice, normativity, naturalism, use, custom, history and culture, teaching and learning, or the perspectives of other philosophers.

The workshop will be held at the University of Bergen, Norway. The dates are May 19-21, 2021.

Please send an abstract of 300-400 words to by no later than February 1st.

There is no registration fee. However, those whose abstracts are accepted will need to provide their own transportation and accommodations. The organizer may be of assistance in making recommendations. Lunch, snacks, and coffee are included, as is an invitation to the workshop dinner.

Those wishing to attend the workshop without presenting a paper should inform the organizer by no later than March 15th as there is limited space.

The holding of the event is dependent on an improvement of the Covid situation.