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Wittgenstein and the Political: Wittgenstein’s Relevance to Contemporary Political Thought

July 5, 2018

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International Workshop

Wittgenstein and the Political: Wittgenstein’s Relevance to Contemporary Political Thought



KU Leuven – Thursday, July 5, 2018 –  Institute of Philosophy (Room S), Kardinaal Mercierplein 2, 3000 Leuven, Belgium


About the workshop

Wittgenstein’s relationship to the political sphere may be viewed as rather complicated. On the one hand, Wittgenstein is usually considered to be an apolitical thinker. A main reason for that is that discussions of issues of an explicit political nature are almost completely absent in his writings. On the other hand, there has been a relatively small, but growing, number of works on some of the political aspects of Wittgenstein’s life and philosophy, while, at the same time, his philosophy, and especially its later phase, has been a significant source of inspiration and influence for contemporary political theory (e.g. Italian (post-)Autonomia, contemporary Frankfurt School theory, communitarianism, the Essex school of discourse analysis).

Aiming at further contributing to the above thematic, the workshop’s primary goal is to explore the potential political relevance of Wittgenstein’s philosophy. Thus, it will address themes such as the following: Is there any political import to be found in Wittgenstein’s philosophy as such? What is the relevance, if any, and what could be some fruitful uses of Wittgenstein’s views, key concepts, and methods for contemporary political thought? Is the political relevance of Wittgenstein’s philosophy to be traced (only) at a neutral, methodological, meta-political level or at an agonistic, substantive, political level (too)?

For more information and updates please visit the workshop's webpage: hiw.kuleuven.be/nl/nieuws-agenda/agenda/internationalworkshop-wittgenstein-and-the-political







  • Dimitris Gakis (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, RIPPLE, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven)
  • Antoon Braeckman (Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, RIPPLE, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven)
  • RIPPLE (Research in Political Philosophy Leuven)

There is no charge to attend this event, but places are limited, so if you are interested please register in advance by contacting Dimitris Gakis at: 

The workshop is part of the ‘Wittgenstein and Political Theory’ project, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 699874.


July 5, 2018
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