Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne (UMR8103)
Centre de philosophie contemporaine de la Sorbonne (PhiCo-EXeCO)

Co-sponsored by Institut Universitaire de France

Wittgenstein Seminar 2019-2020


Organized by: Christiane Chauviré, Bruno Ambroise, Pierre Fasula, Sandra Laugier

Location: Sorbonne, University Paris 1, UFR de philosophie, 17, rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 5e, escalier C, 1er étage, droite, salle Lalande

After several years devoted to the concept of the form of life - at the junction of Wittgenstein philosophy and critical theory, a question which will be the occasion of a special session on 26th October, the 2019-2020 Wittgenstein seminar will signal the return to the forefront of the philosophical scene of ordinary language philosophy; understood not only as the study of its main figures (Wittgenstein, Austin, Strawson, Ryle, Cavell) but also as an alternative paradigm in philosophy of language. Recently, books (Avner Baz, Sandra Laugier, Toril Moi, etc.) and journal issues ("Who's Afraid of Ordinary Language Philosophy? A Plea for Reviving a Wrongly Reviled Tradition", GFPJ, Alice Crary and Joel De Lara) affirmed the relevance of Wittgenstein's and Austin's methods, thus contesting a long tradition of "OLP bashing" and proposing a new narrative in the philosophy of language. The death of ordinary language philosophy has been heralded many times since the late 1960s, but despite its many destructions and criticisms by Gellner, Katz, Fodor, Geach, Grice, etc., it has resisted. From now on it reemerges in the most diverse fields: ethics, gender and queer studies, social criticism, literary theory, economics, film studies… But also at the heart of philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, where it constitutes a critical and realistic alternative to a dominant and conformist version of philosophy of mind.


October 5, 2019 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Lalande Room
Introductory session by Sandra Laugier, Bruno Ambroise, Pierre Fasula

October 26, 2019 - 9:30 am - 1 pm - Lalande room
"Vital Forms and Social Criticism"
Alice Crary (New School for Social Research)
Estelle Ferrarese (UPJV)
Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt Universität)

November 9, 2019 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Lalande Room
Sabina Lovibond (Oxford.)
"What is ordinary moral thought? Various phenomenologies"

November 30, 2019 – Lalande Room
Workshop "Wittgenstein and the imagination"
Organized by David Zapero and Christian Martin

December 7, 2019 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Lalande Room
Layla Raïd (UPJV) and Mona Gérardin (Univ. Paris Nanterre)
"Philosophy of ordinary language: feminist issues"

January 11 2020 - 9h30-13h - salle Lalande
"Law and philosophy of ordinary language"
Bruno Ambroise (CNRS, ISJPS)
Gregory Bligh (University of Paris Est - Créteil)
Marie Gren (Paris 1, ISJPS)
R. Sefton-Green (Paris 1, ISJPS)
Antoine Camby and Nicolas Nayfeld (Paris 1)

February 1st, 2020 - 10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Constantine Sandis (Univ. Hertfordshire)
"Règle-description in Cavell. No picnic"

March 7, 2020 - 10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Christophe Al-Saleh (UPJV)

April 4, 2020 - 10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Maxime de Gaynesford (Univ. Reading)

May 16, 2020 -10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Piergorgio Donatelli (Univ. Roma La Sapienza)

June 6, 2020 -10:30-12:30 - Lalande Room
Toril Moi (Duke Univ.)
"Wittgenstein and Literary Criticism"

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