Wittgenstein on Colour

June 26, 2012 - June 27, 2012
Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna


Selected speakers:

James Conant
University of Chicago
Frederik Gierlinger
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Richard Heinrich
University of Vienna
Herbert Hrachovec
University of Vienna
Gary Kemp
University of Glasgow
Martin Kusch
University of Vienna
Andrew Lugg
University of Ottawa
Gabriele Mras
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Joachim Schulte
University of Zürich
Barry Stroud
University of California, Berkeley


Frederik Gierlinger
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Stefan Riegelnik
University of Zürich

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The Philosophy Branch of the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna, and the Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy jointly host the conference "Wittgenstein on Colour".


Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the University of Vienna
Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Ludwig Wittgenstein's so-called "Remarks on Colour" are frequently described as extremely fragmented and exceptionally difficult to understand, and their significance remains (on the whole) unclear. Furthermore, compared with other aspects of Wittgenstein's philosophy, his thoughts on colour have, to date, received little attention. For this reason, the Philosophy Branch of the WU, the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and the Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy will be hosting a conference that aims to substantially advance our understanding of this material, which is without doubt among the most opaque and perplexing of Wittgenstein's writings.


Monday, June 25th
(Vienna University of Economics and Business, Festival Hall)

6.00 pm - 06.15
Conference opening

6:15 pm - 07.45 pm
Andrew Lugg (University of Ottawa)
When and why was "Remarks on Colour" written - and why it is important to know?

Session Chair: Gabriele M. Mras (WU Vienna)

08:15 pm
Conference dinner

Tuesday, June 26th

10.00 am - 11.00 am
James Conant (University of Chicago)
Wittgenstein's Conception of Grammar in the Remarks on Colour

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Martin Kusch (University of Vienna)
Wittgenstein as a Commentator on the Psychology and Anthropology of Colour

Session Chair: Dejan Makovec (University of Vienna)

12:15 pm - 02:00 pm
Lunch break

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Herbert Hrachovec (University of Vienna)
Reddish Green

03:15 pm - 04:15 pm
Frederik Gierlinger (WU/University of Vienna)
"Imagine a tribe of colour-blind people, and there could easily be one"

04:30 pm - 05:30 pm
Joachim Schulte (University of Zurich)
"We have a colour system as we have a number system"

Session Chair: Bernhard Ritter (University of Klagenfurt)

Wednesday, June 27th

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Barry Stroud (University of California, Berkeley)
Concepts of Colours and Limits of Understanding

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Gabriele Mras (WU Vienna)
"Propositions 'About Blue'" - Objects, Concepts, and Colour

Session Chair: Stefan Riegelnik (WU Vienna/University of Zurich)

12:15 pm - 02:00 pm
Lunch break

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Richard Heinrich (University of Vienna)
Green and Orange. Colour and Space

03:15 pm - 04:15 pm
Gary Kemp (University of Glasgow)
A Wittgensteinian take on the nature of colour

Session Chair: Frederik Gierlinger (WU/University of Vienna)


25th June: Festival Hall, 1st Floor, Section A, WU (Vienna University of
Economics and Business), Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna

26th June: Marietta-Blau-Saal, University of Vienna,
Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 1, 1010 Vienna

27th June: Large Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Section D,
WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna


Frederik Gierlinger [email protected]
Stefan Riegelnik [email protected]


Attendance of the conference is free, but registration is requested by e-mail to [email protected]

The organizers would like to invite everyone interested to attend the conference and participate in the discussions. For further information visit our website
http://www.wu.ac.at/geschichte/philo/conwandl/ or

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