Wittgenstein in Relation to Philosophical Traditions

May 20, 2013 - May 22, 2013
Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Göttingen


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The aim of the conference is to explore possibilities of philosophical dialogue, between genuinely Wittgensteinian philosophising, on the one hand, and a variety of contemporary philosophical discourse, on the other. In the pursue of this goal, the conference-speakers will present comparative studies of different kind and focus, so as to put into relation selected philosophical contributions by Wittgenstein with those of other theoretical approaches.



Please register by 1st May.

To register, please write to [email protected], and specify whether you want to attend the conference dinner, or not. The respective fees due for attendance are as follows:

a) no dinner: 25€ -- 3 days, incl. snacks and drinks during breaks in the morning and in the afternoon

b) dinner: 40€ -- a) + dinner on 21st May, at restaurant PLANEA BASICS (excl. drinks)



Monday, 20 May

10.15-11.45       Felix Mühlhölzer (University of Göttingen)

– “Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Mathematics beyond Logicism, Intuitionism and Formalism”


12.15-13.45       Joachim Schulte (University of Zürich)

– “Kantian Themes in Wittgenstein?”


15.30-17.00       Avner Baz (Tufts University)

– “Acquiring 'Knowledge'--A Wittgensteinian-Merleau-Pontian (Alternative) Model”


17.30-19.00       Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen (University of Southern Denmark)

– “‘For Better, For Worse.’ Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard on Philosophy, Love and Marriage”



Tuesday, 21 May

10.15-11.45       Alois Pichler (University of Bergen)

– “‘The spirit of this civilization is a spirit that is alien and uncongenial to the author...’   (CV, 1998, 8e)”


12.15-13.45       Thomas Wallgren (University of Helsinki)

– “The Third Way: Wittgenstein and the Tradition of Socratic Scepticism”


15.30-17.00       Silver Bronzo (University of Chicago)

– “Symbols, Signs, and Figures in Frege and Wittgenstein”


17.30-19.00       Hans Sluga (University of California, Berkeley)

– “'What has history to do with me?' Wittgenstein and the Problem of History”



Wednesday, 22 May

10.15-11.45       Martin Gustafsson (Åbo Akademi University)

– “Wittgenstein and the Revisionist Strand in Analytic Philosophy (Carnap, Quine, Rorty)”


12.15-13.45       Mark Steiner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

– “The Silent Revolution in Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy of Mathematics”


15.30-17.00       Edmund Dain (Providence College)

– “Wittgenstein, Ethics, and the Limits of Sense”



Organisers: James Conant (University of Chicago /Lichtenberg-Kolleg Göttingen), Sebastian Greve (Brikbeck, University of London)



(sponsored by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung)

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