12th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School

August 4–8, 2020

Agency, Causation, and Normativity

with Hans-Johann Glock (UZH, Zürich) & John Hyman (UCL, London)

Scientific Organisation and Direction: Volker A. Munz (Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt)


The registration form can be downloaded using this link.

You can download the poster clicking here: ILWI_Summer_School_2020


Conference Center:
Elementary school
Markt 300
A-2880 Kirchberg am Wechsel
Cf: Travel and Living.

Maximum number of participants: 40

Application deadline (registration and payment): January 31, 2020 (Later applications can unfortunately not be taken into account.)
Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: February 29, 2020 (Full reimbursement in case of non-acceptance)

Accommodation will be organised by the ALWS and is located just opposite the conference centre. Private booking possible.
Summer school participants are invited to join the 43rd International Wittgenstein Symposium: Platonism. Kirchberg am Wechsel, August 9–15, 2020 at reduced fees.

250 Euro including conference participation (220 Euro for ALWS members)
210 Euro summer school only (180 Euro for ALWS members).
Summer school fees can be reimbursed only until June 15, 2020 (minus 20 Euro handling charge).
(Refunding of later cancellation: 125 Euro / 105 Euro; minus 20 Euro handling charge)

Payment of the fees includes:

  • Free board and lodging during the summer school (dormitory)
  • Certificate of participation (workload in ECTS points)

Required qualifications: The summer school is addressed to advanced university students in philosophy. Elementary knowledge of Wittgenstein’s philosophy is desirable. Applicants are asked to submit a transcript record and a 3-page preparatory essay on one of the three subjects mentioned in this year’s title.


August 5, 2020: Agency

1. Voluntary Action
(a) BB 150–157; PI §§ 611–628; Zettel §§ 577–600
(b) Hyman: Action, Knowledge, and Will, ch. 1.4 & ch. 4

2. Reasons and Causes
(a) BB pp. 14–15; L&C pp. 18–25; PI §§ 487–491
(b) Davidson: ‘Actions, Reasons and Causes’; Hyman: Action, Knowledge,
and Will, ch. 5

August 6, 2020: Causation

3. The Origin of the Idea of Causation
(a) C&E (PO pp. 392–445)
(b) Strawson: Analysis and Metaphysics, ch. 9

4. Causation and Expression
(a) BB pp. 24–25; PI §§ 244–257, LW I, §§ 861–899
(b) Armstrong & Malcolm: Consciousness and Causality

August 7, 2020: Normativity

5. Rules of Language
(a) TLP 3.3–3.4, 6.124–6.126; BT ‘Grammar’; PI §§ 89–93, 353–373
(b) Schroeder, ‘Grammar and Grammatical Statements’, in: Glock & Hyman:
Blackwell Companion to Wittgenstein; Glock, ‘Meaning, Rules and
Conventions’, in: Levi & Zamuner: Wittgenstein’s Enduring Arguments

6. Agency and Normativity
(a) Lecture on Ethics; L&C p. 2; WWK pp. 68–69, 116
(b) Hart: The Concept of Law, ch. 8; Crary: Beyond Moral Judgement, ch. 3; Glock: ‘Wittgensteinian Anti-anti-realism: one ‘anti’ too many?”, Ethical Perspectives 2015

August 8, 2020: Presentations and Open Session


Further details concerning preparation, programme, etc. will be announced.