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Wittgenstein: Law and Action. 11th Annual Conference of the British Wittgenstein Society

July 24, 2020 - July 25, 2020

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The British Wittgenstein Society in collaboration with the University of Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy


24-25 July, 2020


University of Surrey

The conference will explore issues in the philosophy of action and the philosophy of law, as they arise in relation to Wittgenstein’s work or in the work of philosophers writing within the Wittgensteinian tradition, e.g. Anscombe, Hart, White, Raz, Kenny. While the conference will place particular emphasis on questions bringing law and action together (e.g. responsibility in criminal and private law, intention in law, omission and action in law, etc.), it will also cover these topics about law and action in their own right. We encourage all methodologies, including historical analysis and comparative intellectual history.

The aim of the Conference is to create a platform for the exchange of Wittgenstein-inspired ideas and creation of synergies on new ways of thinking about law, social practice and action among researchers in the field of philosophy, legal theory, law and political science.


Confirmed plenary speakers:

Vincent Descombes (cespra.ehess.fr/index.php?1534)

Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov (www.surrey.ac.uk/people/bebhinn-donnelly-lazarov)

Anthony Duff (www.stir.ac.uk/people/256371)

John Hyman (www.queens.ox.ac.uk/people/prof-john-hyman-0)

Dennis Patterson (www.surrey.ac.uk/people/dennis-patterson)

Michael Thompson (www.philosophy.pitt.edu/person/michael-thompson).

Katja Vogt (philosophy.columbia.edu/directories/faculty/katja-vogt)

The format:

The conference will consist of 6/7 plenary lectures (each lasting no more than 45 minutes, followed by comments by a discussant and a Q&A session); 2-3 parallel sessions, and 3 symposia.

The location:

The University of Surrey is located in Guildford, which is a leafy and historical town in the Southwest of London. London can be easily reached by train and the duration of the journey is approximately 35 minutes with trains every ½ hour. Heathrow International Airport and Gatwick Airport are only 21 miles and 25 miles respectively from Guildford.


Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco (University of Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy, UK)

Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Daniele Moyal-Sharrock (University of Hertfordshire, UK)


British Wittgenstein Society
University of Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy


July 24, 2020
July 25, 2020
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Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco
Constantine Sandis
Daniele Moyal Sharrock


University of Surrey
Stag Hill Campus
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH United Kingdom
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