The Form of Our Life With Language

May 23, 2016 - May 25, 2016
Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung

Südliches Schlossrondell 23
München 80638


  • LMU München

All speakers:

Avner Baz
Tufts University
Jocelyn Benoist
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
James Conant
University of Chicago
Juliet Floyd
Boston University
Martin Gustafsson
Åbo Akademi University
Matthias Haase
Universität Leipzig
Axel Hutter
LMU München
Andrea Kern
Universität Leipzig
Thomas Khurana
Universität Frankfurt
Sandra Laugier
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Christian Martin
LMU München
Felix Mühlhölzer
Universität Göttingen
Charles Travis
Universidade do Porto
David Zapero
Universität Bonn

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The aim of this conference is to bring the connection into focus which obtains, according to Wittgenstein, between language and our human form of life. It is peculiar that Wittgenstein uses the expressions “language” and “form of life” in a distinctively first personal way. It is even more peculiar that he conceives of the notions of a language and our form of life as interdependent: He states that “to imagine a language is to imagine a form of life” (PI §19) and characterizes language as a “complicated form of life” (PI II, i). That language is a form of life implies that it is not merely a part of our form of life, but that which gives all of our activities – even those which do not consist in speaking – a distinctive unity.

Contributions to the conference will explore this and related topics from a Wittgensteinian viewpoint. In the second part of the conference this perspective is broadened by contributions which draw connections to German Idealism as well as to Ordinary Language Philosophy.

The Conference is hosted and sponsored by the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation with additional support provided by the LMU Junior Researcher Fund and the Chair for Theoretical Philosophy at LMU Munich.

Participation in the conference is free of charge but space is limited. To register please write to [email protected].

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April 25, 2016, 5:00am CET

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