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Wittgenstein and the Epistemology of Religious Belief

June 28, 2019 - June 29, 2019

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1st ERB Project Workshop

 Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA)

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – Nova University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH)

28-29 June 2019

This workshop aims to bring together philosophers from all over the world in an attempt to achieve greater clarity about Wittgenstein’s religious epistemology. Wittgenstein’s work can help us to understand the practices that billions of people engage in and the conflicts between them, which often have a religious element. Wittgenstein’s work will be illuminated through comparisons with other philosophers and speakers at the workshop will endeavour to answer questions about how best to interpret Wittgenstein. Is Wittgenstein best described as a fideist? Was Wittgenstein a quietist? How does On Certainty help us to understand religious belief, faith, and disagreement? What is the role of epistemology in understanding questions about religious freedom?


28 June, ID Building, Room MU2

10:00 – 10:30   Nuno Venturinha (Nova University of Lisbon)

Introduction: The Epistemology of Religious Belief Project

10:30 – 11:45   Guy Axtell (Radford University)

Wittgenstein and the ABC’s of Religious Epistemics

11:45 – 13:00   Hanne Appelqvist (University of Helsinki)

Wittgenstein and Kant on Religious Faith and Beauty

13:00 – 14:30   Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:45   Duncan Pritchard (University of California, Irvine / University of Edinburgh)

Quasi-Fideism and Wittgensteinian Quietism

15:45 – 17:00   Edward Guetti (University of Leipzig)

Logic, Exemplarity, and Religious Belief

17:00 – 17:15   Coffee Break

17:15 – 18:30   Thomas D. Carroll (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen)

The Concept of Belief in Comparative Religious Perspective

20:00               Conference Dinner

29 June, Tower B, Aud. 1

10:00 – 11:15   Gorazd Andrejč (University of Maribor / University of Cambridge)

Wittgenstein and the Epistemology of Freedom of Religion or Belief

11:15 – 12:30   Paul Horwich (New York University)

Wittgenstein on the Nature of Religious Belief

12:30 – 14:30   Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:45   Michael Williams (The Johns Hopkins University)

How Not to Read On Certainty

15:45 – 16:15   Sofia Miguens (University of Porto)

Conclusions and Future Prospects

16:15 – 16:30   Workshop Closing

This workshop is organized within the framework of the FCT-funded project “Epistemology of Religious Belief: Wittgenstein, Grammar and the Contemporary World” (PTDC/FER-FIL/32203/2017, PI: Nuno Venturinha), hosted by the Reasoning and Argumentation Laboratory (ArgLab) of IFILNOVA.

Attendance is free of charge but space is limited and registration is required. To register, please send an email to Dr Robert Vinten at .

For more information about the project, please visit: www.arglab.ifilnova.pt/en/projects/erb

Nuno Venturinha

Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy / IFILNOVA

NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Av. de Berna, 26 C, 1069-061 Lisbon | Portugal

Tel: + 351 217 908 300 | Ext.: 1365

E-mail: nventurinha.ifl@fcsh.unl.pt


June 28, 2019
June 29, 2019