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Intercultural Understanding: Wittgensteinian Approaches at the Crossroads between Epistemology and Ethics

January 28, 2020 - January 29, 2020

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Conference title: “Intercultural Understanding: Wittgensteinian Approaches at the Crossroads between Epistemology and Ethics”
Date & venue: 28 & 29 January 2020, University of Valencia, Spain
Postgraduate and open session talks will be 25 minutes each, followed by a Q&A.

Conference theme:
The philosophical question “How are we to understand other cultures?” arises from two sets of concerns: one epistemological, the other ethical. The question captures epistemological concerns such as: is it possible to understand the propositions, beliefs, reasons, practices, etc. of those who belong to cultures significantly different from ours? And: how do we track what counts as correct or appropriate understanding here? At the same time, the question captures ethical concerns such as: are some forms of intercultural understanding more valuable than others? And: do we have a moral requirement to seek such understanding?

The standard approach to this question – certainly in analytic philosophy – is marked by a sharp compartmentalisation of these two sets of concerns. We propose to develop, from the perspective of Wittgensteinian philosophy (broadly construed to include not only Wittgenstein but also philosophers such as Bernard Williams, Peter Winch, Stanley Cavell and Cora Diamond), an approach to this question that emphasises the intimate connection between its epistemological and ethical aspects.

Confirmed speakers:
Gorazd Andrejč (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Carla Carmona (University of Sevilla, Spain)

Leo Cheung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Juliet Floyd (Boston University, United States of America)

Meena Dhanda (University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom)

Witold Jacorzynski (CIESAS, Unidad Regional del Sudeste, México)

Sofia Miguens (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)

Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)

Chon Tejedor (University of Valencia, Spain)

Conference organiser: Chon Tejedor (University of Valencia, Spain) Email:

Scientific Committee:

· Carla Carmona (University of Sevilla, Spain)

· David Pérez Chico (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

· Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte (University of Valencia, Spain)

· Nicolás Sánchez Durá (University of Valencia, Spain)


January 28, 2020
January 29, 2020
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