Seventh lecture: Professor Bernard Harrison: Wittgenstein, Reality and the Novel

University of Hertfordshire Department of Philosophy, University of Herfordshire, Hatfield

Professor Harrison held joint Chairs at Sussex and the University of Utah (the latter being the E.E. Ericksen Chair, which he holds as an Emeritus Professor). He took early retirement from Sussex in 1992, becoming an Honorary Professor. For many years he has divided his time between philosophy and literary studies. His work in the […]

Eighth Lecture: Professor Martin Kusch: On Certainty and the Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics

University of Hertfordshire Department of Philosophy, University of Herfordshire, Hatfield

Report by Daniel Hutto On Certainty and the Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics given by Professor Martin Kusch on 8 May 2012 The two most seminal readings of On Certainty – those offered by Marie McGinn in Sense and Certainty, 1982 and Danièle Moyal-Sharrock in Understanding Wittgenstein’s On Certainty, 2007 – stress the non-propositional, […]

Ninth Lecture: Professor Paul Standish: On Being Resolute

University of Hertfordshire Department of Philosophy, University of Herfordshire, Hatfield

Report by SunInn Yun & Jeffrey Pocock (Institute of Education, University of London) Over the past two decades in Wittgenstein studies, 'resolute readings' have gained prominence. Associated with the work of Cora Diamond and James Conant, they are central to the idea of the 'new Wittgenstein', a term borrowed from the title of a collection […]

Tenth Lecture: Dr Ian Ground: Listen to the Lion: Wittgenstein and Animal Minds

Report by Neil O'Hara Dr. Ground’s lecture sought to open up more fruitful ways to engage with scientific discoveries about the cognitive abilities of animals. Ground argued that, though some ethologists may indeed come to these discoveries with models of mind that some philosophers might baulk at (a default ascription to Theory theory or the […]

Twelfth Lecture: Professor Gavin Kitching: ‘What is the use of my teaching you these techniques…?': Contemporary Wittgensteinian Philosophy and the Really Rough Ground of Politics

Bloomsbury 50 Bedford SquareLondon,

Report The twelfth BWS Lecture this year, given by Professor Gavin Kitching, was in a new venue, the Bloomsbury Institute, 50 Bedford Square. The move to this large University area in central London has provided an excellent location not just to enable larger attendance but also to open debate about the relevance of Wittgenstein’s thought […]

Thirteenth Lecture: - Mikel Burley: Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion: Beyond Fideism and Atheism

Bloomsbury 50 Bedford SquareLondon,

Curiously, it has been claimed of Wittgenstein’s approach to philosophy both that it promotes a kind of fideism – an attempt to ‘insulate’ or ‘protect’ religious beliefs from fair and reasonable criticism – and, contrarily, that its unavoidable consequence is an acceptance of atheism. Wittgenstein himself maintained, however, that in contrast with the work of […]

British Wittgenstein Society Lecture

Professor Paul Standish, Institute of Education/University College London is giving the British Wittgenstein Society Lecture on Leavis and Eliot. Literary and Cultural Critics: a 2-day international conference Downing College, Cambridge UK

Fourteenth lecture: Constantine Sandis: Wittgenstein & Friends on Action and the Will

Bloomsbury 50 Bedford SquareLondon,

Abstract In this talk I re-visit the later Wittgenstein’s remarks on action and the will in the retrospective light of the philosophies of action which were subsequently developed, in particular those of Ryle, Anscombe, von Wright, R. Taylor, Melden, and Davidson. I shall be arguing that while we should endorse Wittgenstein’s specific brand of anti-volitionism, […]

Fifteenth Lecture: Dr John Heaton: The Interface between Wittgenstein's Philosophical Therapy and the Empirical Psychotherapies

Bloomsbury 50 Bedford SquareLondon,

Please note change of date. The lecture will now take place on Monday 9th May About the speaker:   John Heaton is a psychotherapist in private practice in London. He teaches on phenomenology and Wittgenstein at Regents University and the Philadelphia Association. He read Medicine and the Moral Sciences Tripos at Cambridge and was an […]