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Conference Wittgenstein: Naturalism and Necessity

November 21, 2019 - November 22, 2019

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Wittgenstein: Naturalism and Necessity

Dept. of philosophy, Univ. of Bergen

Wittgenstein Archives Bergen WAB

Seminar room 1, Sydnesplass 12-13

Bergen, Norway

21-22 Nov. 2019

Wittgenstein’s thoughts about mathematics continue to puzzle. Although important interpretative works have been published, his views are still often regarded as marginal, implausible, if not outright mistaken. This conference aims to contribute to a better understanding of his writings.

The talks in this conference tackle these issues from a specific angle, focusing on questions about Wittgenstein’s (anthropological) naturalism, his take on necessity and their relation to his philosophy of mathematics and logic.

This is the first of a series of events organized under the project Mathematics with a Human Face: Set Theory within a Naturalized Wittgensteinian Framework led by Sorin Bangu and Kevin Cahill at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen. This four-year research project, in which the Wittgenstein Archives Bergen (WAB) is a central component, was recently awarded funding by the Research Council of Norway.

No registration fee. If interested to attend, please send an email to .

Updated program and abstracts here:


Thursday 21 Nov.

9.45 Coffee and Welcome

Sorin Bangu, Kevin Cahill, Steinar Bøyum - Head of Dept.

10.00 - 11.30 William Child (Oxford): Anthropology and Naturalism in Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Mathematics

11.45 – 13.15 Severin Schroeder (Reading): Convention, calculation, and empirical truth in Wittgenstein’s philosophy of mathematics


14.45 -15.30 Alois Pichler & Frederik Kettelhoit (Bergen / WAB): A new tool for studying Wittgenstein's Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics

15.45 – 16.30 Ásgeir B. Matthíasson (St. Andrews): Contradictions and falling bridges: What was Wittgenstein’s reply to Turing?

16.45 – 18.15 Juliet Floyd (Boston): Wittgenstein and Turing, 1939 [skype]

19.45 Dinner

Friday 22 Nov.

9.45 Coffee

10.00 – 11.30 Annalisa Coliva (UC Irvine): Are there mathematical hinges?

11.45 – 12.30 Giulia Corti (King's College London): Drawing the limits of thought: Necessary propositions in the Tractatus


14.00 – 15.30 Oskari Kuusela (East Anglia): Wittgenstein’s non-empiricist naturalism in logic

15.45 – 16.30 Joao E. da Silva (Lisbon): Not empiricism and yet realism in logic. Wittgenstein v. Maddy

16.45 – 18.15 Alexander George (Amherst College): Grammar or Anthropology: Wittgenstein’s “remarks on the natural history of man”

18.15 – 19.00 Round table / future plans


November 21, 2019
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