Facets of Reality

August 11, 2024 - August 17, 2024
Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society

Kirchberg am Wechsel

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick
New York University
Princeton University
University of Arizona
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Dartmouth College
Freie Universität Berlin
University of Oxford
Duke University


University of Vienna
Central European University
University of Vienna

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What’s real? What is the totality of reality like? And what does it mean to be real?

Though discussions of these questions have been ubiquitous throughout the history of philosophy, over the past two decades, questions about reality have been discussed with new enthusiasm. This conference brings together different contemporary philosophical debates about reality, addressing foundational issues just as well as applied ones.


1. Reality and Cognate Notions
Appearance, Existence, Essence, Reality

2. The Structure of Reality
Dependence, Grounding, Fundamentality

3. Acting on Reality
Agency, Freedom, Norms

4. Social Reality
Gender, Race, Social Construction

5. New Realities
Fictional, Virtual, Digital

6. Wittgenstein


In addition to the keynote speakers listed above, the line-up comprises: Rami Ali, Singa Behrens, Sarah Bernstein, Esa Díaz-León, Matt Dougherty, Matti Eklund, Brian Epstein, Maegan Fairchild, Katharina Felka, Martin Glazier, Verónica Gómez Sánchez, Niels de Haan, Yannic Kappes, Eve Kitsik, Jon Litland, Antonella Mallozzi, Alyssa Ney, Daniel Nolan, Kevin Richardson, Sonia Roca-Royes, Erica Shumener, Olla Solomyak, Anand Vaidya, Lisa Vogt, Michael Wallner, Nathan Wildman, Charlotte Witt.


Papers (to section 1–6) may be submitted via our online platform until March 31st, 2024 (The deadline was extended!)

Advanced MA students and early career researchers are especially encouraged to submit a presentation. 

The conference is the 45th installment of the annual Wittgenstein Symposium, organized by the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society. However, only papers submitted for section 6 must engage with Wittgenstein's work. 

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July 16, 2024, 11:45pm CET

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