Obituary Brian McGuinness

Brian McGuinness died on December 23, 2019 at the age of 92.

The ALWS and the Wittgenstein Community, we share the loss of a fine man, a friend, a mentor and the leading Wittgenstein researcher of his time.

In November 2017 Brian McGuinness received the honorary doctorate of the University of Innsbruck at the Certosa di Pontignano, Siena. You find the laudatio, held by Josef Mitterer on that occasion, here.

WAB’s and FIBA’s Wittgenstein Editions: An Inventory

A workshop in honour of Bernard Francis (Brian) McGuinness organized by the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB) and the Brenner Archives at the University of Innsbruck (FIBA) in partnership with the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Helsinki (WWA), the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Institute (ILWI) and the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society (ALWS)
Organizers: Alois Pichler (WAB), Joseph Wang (FIBA), Volker Munz (ILWI and ALWS), Thomas Wallgren (WWA)

13th – 15th of December 2018, in Certosa di Pontignano – Siena.

Workshop: Ludwig Wittgenstein – Central Aspects of his Early and Later Philosophy

ÖSTERREICHISCHE LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN GESELLSCHAFT
PHILOSOPHISCHE GESELLSCHAFT AN DER UNIVERSITÄT GRAZ
VEREINIGUNG FÜR WISSENSCHAFTLICHE GRUNDLAGENFORSCHUNG
INSTITUT FÜR PHILOSOPHIE

International Workshop

Ludwig Wittgenstein – Central Aspects
of his Early and Later Philosophy

with

Jaakko Hintikka
(Boston University)
&
Danièle Moyal-Sharrock
(University of Hertfordshire)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 10:15 – 17:00
Thursday, July 22, 2010, 10:30 – 17:00
Institut für Philosophie
Großer Übungsraum (UR 09.51), Heinrichstraße 26/V

Announcement and program can be downloaded here.
For further details please contact Volker Munz.

Symposium: Friedrich Waismann – Causality and Logical Positivism

Institute Vienna Circle,
Department of Contemporary History, Department of Philosophy of the University Vienna
Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society

Symposium: Friedrich Waismann – Causality and Logical Positivism

October 1 to October 2, 2010
Institut für Zeitgeschichte
Campus der Universität Wien, Hof 1
Seminarraum 1

The program is available here.

Katalin Neumer: “Die gemeinsame menschliche Handlungsweise” in Wittgenstein’s Nachlass

ÖSTERREICHISCHE LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN GESELLSCHAFT (ÖLWG)
PHILOSOPHISCHE GESELLSCHAFT AN DER UNIVERSITÄT GRAZ
VEREINIGUNG FÜR WISSENSCHAFTLICHE GRUNDLAGENFORSCHUNG
INSTITUT FÜR PHILOSOPHIE

E i n l a d u n g
zu einem Vortrag im Rahmen der Wittgenstein Lectures der ÖLWG:

Katalin Neumer (Budapest)
„Die gemeinsame menschliche Handlungsweise“ in Wittgensteins Nachlaß

Zeit: Mittwoch, 17. Juni 2009, 19 s. t.
Ort: Großer Übungsraum des Instituts für Philosophie (UR 09.51), Heinrichstraße 26/V

Prof. Dr. Katalin NEUMER, geb. 1956. Studium der Philosophie, Ungaristik und Slawistik an der Eötvös-Universität Budapest. Längere Forschungsaufenthalte in Heidelberg, Wolfenbüttel, Wien, Prag, Cambridge, Bergen, Fribourg. Seit 1987 am Institut für Philosophische Forschung an der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften tätig; seit 1995 Präsidentin der Ungarischen Wittgenstein-Gesellschaft; seit 2004 Mitherausgeberin der Wittgenstein-Studien.
Zahlreiche VERÖFFENTLICHUNGEN als Autorin und Herausgeberin, u.a.: Die Relativität der Grenzen. Studien zur Philosophie Wittgensteins (Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA 2000). Die Aspekte der Seele. Wittgenstein nach den Philosophischen Untersuchungen (Budapest 2006 – unga¬risch). Sprache, Denken, Nation. Kultur-und Geistesgeschichte von Locke bis zur Moderne (Wien 2005, hrsg. mit V. Munz). Traditionen Wittgensteins (Frankfurt a.M. 2004 – hrsg.) Den¬ken, Sprechen, Schreiben (Budapest 1998 – ungarisch). — In den letzten Jahren Aufsätze zu Wittgenstein in der Periode 1946-1951: „Verdächtige Bilder und Töne. Wittgenstein 1946-1951”. In: A. Pichler/H. Hrachovec (eds.), Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of the Information, Frankfurt 2008. „Sklaven und Automaten. Wittgenstein zu Fragen der Seele in den Jahren 1946-1951”. In: W. Lütterfelds (Hrsg.), Das Sprachspiel der Freiheit. Frankfurt: 2008. „Bilder sehen, Musik hö¬ren. Zu Wittgensteins Aufzeichnungen zwischen 1946 und 1951”. In: T. Demeter (ed.), Wittgen¬stein and Austrian Philosophy. In Honour of J.C. Nyíri. Amsterdam/New York 2004.
URL: http://www.phil-inst.hu/~neumer.

ZUM INHALT
Die Bedeutung des Ausdrucks „die gemeinsame menschliche Handlungsweise“ in den Philoso-phischen Untersuchungen § 206 gehört zu einer der umstrittensten in der Wittgenstein-Literatur der letzten dreißig Jahre. Die Meinungen, ob die hier genannte Handlungsweise nur den beobach-teten fremden Leuten, oder sowohl den Beobachteten als auch den Beobachtenden, oder sogar der gesamten Menschheit gemeinsam ist, gehen weitgehend auseinander – anscheinend ohne die Hoffnung, einen Konsens zu erlangen. Ich möchte zeigen, daß man auf der Grundlage des Nachlasses von Wittgenstein eine Interpretation des Begriffes entwickeln kann, die sich in die Spätkonzeption reibungsloser einfügt als die früheren. Darüber hinaus werde ich eine Vorstufe – die letzte Manuskriptquelle – von PU §§ 206-207 darlegen und dabei zeigen, daß ihr Sinn viel einleuchtender ist als jener der „Endversion“ in den PU. Wäre Wittgenstein bei seiner früheren Formulierung geblieben, so hätte es die diesbezüglichen Diskussionen der letzten dreißig Jahre nicht gegeben. Die Resultate der Auslegung dieser Vorstufe sind darüber hinaus in Einklang mit jenen meines Streifzugs durch den Nachlaß auf der Suche nach den möglichen Bedeutungen einer „menschlichen Handlungsweise“.

Die Veranstaltungen sind frei zugänglich.

11th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School

30th Juli – 3rd August 2019

Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

with Cora Diamond (Charlottesville), James Conant (Chicago/Leipzig) & Martin Gustafsson (Turku)

Scientific Organization and Direction: Volker A. Munz (Klagenfurt)

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): 31 March 2019 (Later applications can unfortunately not be taken into account.)
Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: 30 April 2019 (Full reimbursement in case of non-acceptance)

Accommodation will be organized by the ALWS and is located just opposite the conference centre. Private booking possible.
Summer school participants are invited to join the 42nd International Wittgenstein Symposium: Crisis and Critique: Philosophical Analysis and Current Events. Kirchberg am Wechsel, 4 – 10 of August 2019 at reduced fees.

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 15 June 2019 (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 (working load 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 send a transcript record and a 3-page preparatory essay on a selected subject from Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

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

You can download the poster here.

You can download the registration form here.

More information will be posted here.


In cooperation with Logo Wiener Zeitung

Creative Skills & Mediaphilosophy.
How can we face the anti-democratic tendencies in the digital media society?

OPEN SPACE SESSION for participants of the Wittgenstein Summer School
with Wolfgang Renner (Wiener Zeitung)*

In spring 2019 the London School of Economics has published a report that diagnosed an immediate and serious threat to quality journalism and, as a result, to the values of a functioning democracy.
Loss of confidence, power obsession and apathy are just three key words from the report. What new paths can be taken in the all-penetrating media society?
Can there be hope in ‘creative skills’ or the ‘media philosophy’? In this open space session, various implemented projects are shown, scenarios are described and will be discussed openly.

*Wolfgang Renner Dr. h.c., MSc., Acad. M&S (WU Vienna) is Head of Wiener Zeitung Academy. ‚Wiener Zeitung‘ is the oldest still existing newspaper of the world. Established in August 1703.

Time: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 18:00
Location: Cafeteria, Volksschule
Duration: 60-90 minutes. Number of participants: 25

Participation is free. For organizational reasons we ask you to register.
Please note that the number of participants is limited. Deliver your registration at the reception by Friday, August 2, 2019.

Symposium: Friedrich Waismann – Causality and Logical Positivism

Institute Vienna Circle,
Department of Contemporary History, Department of Philosophy of the University Vienna
Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society

Symposium: Friedrich Waismann – Causality and Logical Positivism

October 1 to October 2, 2010
Institut für Zeitgeschichte
Campus der Universität Wien, Hof 1
Seminarraum 1

The program is available here.

Katalin Neumer: “Die gemeinsame menschliche Handlungsweise” in Wittgenstein’s Nachlass

ÖSTERREICHISCHE LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN GESELLSCHAFT (ÖLWG)
PHILOSOPHISCHE GESELLSCHAFT AN DER UNIVERSITÄT GRAZ
VEREINIGUNG FÜR WISSENSCHAFTLICHE GRUNDLAGENFORSCHUNG
INSTITUT FÜR PHILOSOPHIE

E i n l a d u n g
zu einem Vortrag im Rahmen der Wittgenstein Lectures der ÖLWG:

Katalin Neumer (Budapest)
„Die gemeinsame menschliche Handlungsweise“ in Wittgensteins Nachlaß

Zeit: Mittwoch, 17. Juni 2009, 19 s. t.
Ort: Großer Übungsraum des Instituts für Philosophie (UR 09.51), Heinrichstraße 26/V

Prof. Dr. Katalin NEUMER, geb. 1956. Studium der Philosophie, Ungaristik und Slawistik an der Eötvös-Universität Budapest. Längere Forschungsaufenthalte in Heidelberg, Wolfenbüttel, Wien, Prag, Cambridge, Bergen, Fribourg. Seit 1987 am Institut für Philosophische Forschung an der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften tätig; seit 1995 Präsidentin der Ungarischen Wittgenstein-Gesellschaft; seit 2004 Mitherausgeberin der Wittgenstein-Studien.
Zahlreiche VERÖFFENTLICHUNGEN als Autorin und Herausgeberin, u.a.: Die Relativität der Grenzen. Studien zur Philosophie Wittgensteins (Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA 2000). Die Aspekte der Seele. Wittgenstein nach den Philosophischen Untersuchungen (Budapest 2006 – unga¬risch). Sprache, Denken, Nation. Kultur-und Geistesgeschichte von Locke bis zur Moderne (Wien 2005, hrsg. mit V. Munz). Traditionen Wittgensteins (Frankfurt a.M. 2004 – hrsg.) Den¬ken, Sprechen, Schreiben (Budapest 1998 – ungarisch). — In den letzten Jahren Aufsätze zu Wittgenstein in der Periode 1946-1951: „Verdächtige Bilder und Töne. Wittgenstein 1946-1951”. In: A. Pichler/H. Hrachovec (eds.), Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of the Information, Frankfurt 2008. „Sklaven und Automaten. Wittgenstein zu Fragen der Seele in den Jahren 1946-1951”. In: W. Lütterfelds (Hrsg.), Das Sprachspiel der Freiheit. Frankfurt: 2008. „Bilder sehen, Musik hö¬ren. Zu Wittgensteins Aufzeichnungen zwischen 1946 und 1951”. In: T. Demeter (ed.), Wittgen¬stein and Austrian Philosophy. In Honour of J.C. Nyíri. Amsterdam/New York 2004.
URL: http://www.phil-inst.hu/~neumer.

ZUM INHALT
Die Bedeutung des Ausdrucks „die gemeinsame menschliche Handlungsweise“ in den Philoso-phischen Untersuchungen § 206 gehört zu einer der umstrittensten in der Wittgenstein-Literatur der letzten dreißig Jahre. Die Meinungen, ob die hier genannte Handlungsweise nur den beobach-teten fremden Leuten, oder sowohl den Beobachteten als auch den Beobachtenden, oder sogar der gesamten Menschheit gemeinsam ist, gehen weitgehend auseinander – anscheinend ohne die Hoffnung, einen Konsens zu erlangen. Ich möchte zeigen, daß man auf der Grundlage des Nachlasses von Wittgenstein eine Interpretation des Begriffes entwickeln kann, die sich in die Spätkonzeption reibungsloser einfügt als die früheren. Darüber hinaus werde ich eine Vorstufe – die letzte Manuskriptquelle – von PU §§ 206-207 darlegen und dabei zeigen, daß ihr Sinn viel einleuchtender ist als jener der „Endversion“ in den PU. Wäre Wittgenstein bei seiner früheren Formulierung geblieben, so hätte es die diesbezüglichen Diskussionen der letzten dreißig Jahre nicht gegeben. Die Resultate der Auslegung dieser Vorstufe sind darüber hinaus in Einklang mit jenen meines Streifzugs durch den Nachlaß auf der Suche nach den möglichen Bedeutungen einer „menschlichen Handlungsweise“.

Die Veranstaltungen sind frei zugänglich.

Obituary of Jaakko Hintikka 1929 – 2015

Obituary by Sami Pihlström

Jaakko Hintikka (January 12, 1929 – August 12, 2015)

Jaakko Hintikka, one of the most distinguished philosophers in the world, died in Porvoo on August 12, 2015, at the age of 86.

Hintikka studied philosophy at the University of Helsinki in the late 1940s and early 1950s, completing his doctoral degree in 1953 with the thesis, Distributive Normal Forms in the Calculus of Predicates. He was a Junior Fellow at Harvard University in 1956-1959. In 1959, he was appointed to the Chair of Practical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. In addition to the University of Helsinki, he worked as a professor at Stanford University, the Academy of Finland, Florida State University, and finally (since 1990) at Boston University, retiring in 2014.

Even though he was primarily settled in the United States for several decades, he never lost contact with his home country and home university; he continuously led research projects in Finland and trained an entire generation of philosophers, to the extent that a couple of decades ago almost all Finnish philosophy professors were his former students. Hintikka was by any imaginable criteria one of the most influential Finnish academics of all times.

Hintikka authored or co-authored more than thirty books and hundreds of scholarly articles. His main works include Knowledge and Belief (1962), Models for Modalities (1969), Logic, Language-Games and Information (1973), Time and Necessity (1973), The Intentions of Intentionality (1976), Investigating Wittgenstein (with Merrill B. Hintikka, 1986), The Principles of Mathematics Revisited (1996), Socratic Epistemology (2007), and a six-volume series of Selected Papers (1996-2004).

In 2006, Hintikka received the most prestigious recognition a philosopher can get, a volume of his own in the famous series, Library of Living Philosophers, thus joining thinkers like Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, John Dewey, Rudolf Carnap, Jean-Paul Sartre, Karl Popper, Willard Van Orman Quine, and his own teacher Georg Henrik von Wright. In 2005, he was awarded the Rolf Schock Prize in logic and philosophy “for his pioneering contributions to the logical analysis of modal concepts, in particular the concepts of knowledge and belief”, and in 2011, he received the Barwise Prize from the American Philosophical Association. Hintikka also received a number of honorary doctorates from several universities and was an honorary member of several academic societies. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland in 2011.

Hintikka was one of the most important and original philosophers of the latter half of the twentieth century (and the beginning of the twenty-first); with his contributions to logic, philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, and related areas, he to a significant degree shaped the field itself, and quite literally created novel approaches and entire research orientations.

Jaakko Hintikka’s last academic affiliation was his Honorary Fellowship at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Upon returning to Finland in 2010, he arrived at the Helsinki Collegium first as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow; he was later appointed as a permanent Honorary Fellow in 2011. He also donated his massive scholarly library to the Helsinki University Library. Missing its Honorary Fellow, the Helsinki Collegium remains deeply grateful for having had the privilege of hosting the academic research conducted by Jaakko Hintikka during his final active years 2010-2015.

Sami Pihlström
(former Director of the Helsinki Collegium, 2009-2015; Professor of
Philosophy of Religion, University of Helsinki)


Obituary by Ilkka Niiniluoto

Dear Colleagues,

It is my sad duty to tell the news that the Finnish logician and philosopher Jaakko Hintikka died at the age of 86 after a brief illness on August 12, 2015. In the previous week, he participated actively as a speaker in the CLMPS and LC at the University of Helsinki, including the congress banquet on last Friday.

Jaakko Hintikka was born on 12 January 1929 in the Helsinki county (Vantaa) in Finland. He studied mathematics (with Rolf Nevanlinna) and philosophy (with Georg Henrik von Wright) at the University of Helsinki since 1947, and defended his doctoral dissertation on distributive normal forms in 1953. After his Ph.D. studies he worked as junior fellow at Harvard University in 1956-59, and became in 1957 (independently of Stig Kanger) the founder of possible world semantics. In 1962 he published his groundbreaking work Knowledge and Belief on epistemic logic. In 1959 Hintikka was appointed, at the age of 30, professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. In 1964 he became also professor of philosophy at Stanford University which – with Patrick Suppes and Dagfinn Föllesdal – was one of the leading centers of philosophy of science and philosophical logic. Hintikka’s new interests included inductive logic and semantic information. He shared his time between Stanford and Helsinki until the end of the 1970s. In 1965 Hintikka started his work with D. Reidel’s Publishing Company (later Kluwer Academic Publishers) in Holland as the editor-in-chief of the journal Synthese and the book series Synthese Library. This activity, which has continued until 2002, made Hintikka the most influential editor of philosophical works in the English speaking world.

In 1970 Hintikka was appointed to a Research Professorship in the Academy of Finland which allowed him to establish a research group of younger Finnish scholars working mainly in logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and history of philosophy. As a teacher and supervisor, Hintikka has been highly influential though the richness of his new ideas and research initiatives. Many of the former students of Hintikka have been appointed to chairs in philosophy (Risto Hilpinen, Raimo Tuomela, Juhani Pietarinen, Ilkka Niiniluoto, Simo Knuuttila, Veikko Rantala, Juha Manninen, Lauri Carlson, Esa Saarinen, Matti Sintonen, Gabriel Sandu).

In 1978 Jaakko Hintikka divorced his first wife Soili and married an American philosopher Merrill Bristow Provence (1939-87). In 1978 Jaakko and Merrill were appointed at the Florida State University in Tallahassee. After Merrill Hintikka’s death in 1987 Hintikka married a Finnish philosopher Ghita Holmström. In 1990 Hintikka became professor of philosophy at Boston University and moved to Marlborough, MA. He retired from Boston in 2014 and moved back to Finland.

Besides his activities in research, teaching, and publication, Hintikka served in many important positions in international organizations, among others vice president of Association for Symbolic Logic in 1968-71, vice president of the Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (DLMPS/IUHPS) in 1971-75 and president in 1975, president of the Charles S. Peirce Society in 1997, and the chairman of the organizing committee of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy in 1998. As a proof of the appreciation of Hintikka’s work, a volume dedicated to him in the Library of Living Philosophers was published in 2006.

Hintikka’s publications cover an exceptionally wide range of topics. During his career in more than 60 years he has published about 40 books or monographs, edited 20 books, and authored more than 300 scholarly articles in international journals or collections. His main works deal with mathematical logic (proof theory, infinitary logics, IF-logic), intensional logic and propositional attitudes, philosophy of logic and mathematics, philosophy of language (game-theoretical semantics, quantifiers, anaphora), philosophy of science (interrogative model of inquiry), epistemology, and history of philosophy (Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Peirce, Frege, Wittgenstein).

ILKKA NIINILUOTO
CLMPS 2015, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
University of Helsinki


Obituary by Friedrich Stadler (Professor for the History of Science and the Phlosophy of Science, chairman of the Institute Vienna Circle, University oif Vienna and president of the ALWS)

The Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society is mourning over the passing away of Professor Jaakko Hintikka in Porvoo (Finland). He was a long term member, speaker, advisor, and temporal Vice-Präsident of the ALWS. His impressive lifework and his extraordinary contributions to the Wittgenstein research will remain as an intellectual testimony of. His death is an unreplaceable loss for the scientific, especially the Wittgenstein community. Our condolences go to his wife and his family.

On behalf oft he Executive Committee
Friedrich Stadler
(President)

Obituary of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Leinfellner 1938 – 2010

Die Mitgründerin der Österreichischen Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft, Elisabeth Leinfellner, ist am 4. Jänner 2010 von uns gegangen. Traurig und dankbar denken wir an das Viele, das sie für uns getan hat und laden alle, die mit unserer Gesellschaft verbunden sind, ein, ihr ein ehrenvolles Andenken zu bewahren.

Der akademische Werdegang von Elisabeth Leinfellner führt sie über ihre Studienorte in Wien und München in die USA, wo sie am Doane College in Crete/Nebraska und an der University of Nebraska unterrichtet. Elisabeth Leinfellner ist Sprachwissenschaftlerin, mit klarer Ausrichtung ihrer Interessenslage auf Sprachphilosophie – Semantik und Sprachkritik – sowie Wissenschaftstheorie. In diesem Zusammenhang ist insbesondere ihre hervorragende Kenntnis des Werkes des Philosophen und Literaten Fritz Mauthner zu erwähnen. Ihre Dissertation handelt vom Schrifttum Hermann Hesses, ihre Habilitation von semantischen Netzen und Textzusammenhang.
1986 kehrt Elisabeth Leinfellner endgültig, nach zwanzig Jahren in den USA, nach Österreich zurück, wo sie am Institut für Sprachwissenschaft in Wien weiter wirkt. Gastprofessuren führen Elisabeth Leinfellner an die University of Nebraska, die University of Michigan, wo ihr die Ehre eines „Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professors“ zuteil wird, und an die Universität Rom.
Elisabeth Leinfellner hat das Honors College der University of Pennsylvania in Wien organisiert, ist tätig am Programm-Komitee der Vienna Summer University des Instituts Wiener Kreis, und ist Ehrenpräsidentin der Bibliotheksinitiativen Wien. In dieser Funktion hat sie jährlich weithin beachtete wissenschaftliche Konferenzen organisiert, zuletzt im November 2009 ein zweitägiges Symposium mit dem Generalthema „Darwin und die Folgen“.
Die Ergebnisse ihrer wissenschaftlichen Arbeit sind unglaublich vielfältig und mit einem Blick nicht zu erfassen. In einem „50-Jährigen Seminar“ hat sie, oft gemeinsam mit ihrem Gatten, Herrn Professor Werner Leinfellner, weit mehr als 200 wissenschaftliche Publikationen verfasst, welche „ihre“ Wissenschaften nachhaltig beeinflussen und den Stand der Forschung prägen. Die Bandbreite ihrer Publikationen umfasst Untersuchungen zu „Symbolen in der Politik“ und „Politikolinguistik“, geht über Habermas und Ockham bis hin zu gender-spezifischen Themen, wie man heute sagen würde: „Die redselige Frau, der schweigsame Mann und andere sprachliche Stereotypen“.

Die Bedeutung von Elisabeth Leinfellner für die Österreichische Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft ist einzigartig und unvergleichbar. Sie hat gemeinsam mit ihrem Gatten, mit Rudolf Haller, Paul Weingartner und dem mittlerweile ebenfalls verstorbenen Ehepaar Lore und Adolf Hübner anlässlich des 25. Todestages Ludwig Wittgensteins die „Wittgenstein-Tage“ 1976 organisiert. Im Jahr darauf beginnt mit der Tagung „Wittgenstein and his Impact on Contemporary Thought“ die eigentliche Erfolgsgeschichte der Kirchberger Wittgenstein-Symposien, die das Werk Wittgensteins auch für die aktuelle systematische Philosophie in ihrer vielfältigen Ausprägung fruchtbar gemacht haben. Gemeinsam mit Werner Leinfellner, Hal Berghel und Adolf Hübner trägt Elisabeth Leinfellner nicht nur für die organisatorische, sondern auch für die wissenschaftliche Leitung der 1977-Tagung die Verantwortung.
Elisabeth Leinfellner ist maßgeblich bei der wissenschaftlichen Erarbeitung des Internationalen Wittgenstein Symposiums in den 1970er bis in die 1990er beteiligt. Sie ist von 1994-1997 Präsidentin der ÖLWG, von 1997 bis 2006 Vizepräsidentin, danach Mitglied des Vorstands und des Consulting-Boards. Jahre-, ja jahrzehntelang wirkt sie als Mitherausgeberin der „Schriften der Österreichischen Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft“. In dieser Funktion hat sie unter anderem als Co-Editorin bei der Neuherausgabe von Ludwig Wittgensteins „Wörterbuch für Volksschulen“ fungiert.
Elisabeth Leinfellner hat wie kein/e andere/r das Ziel unserer Gesellschaft, „die Aufklärung des Wirkens von Wittgenstein in der Zeit seiner Tätigkeit als Volksschullehrer in Niederösterreich und Erhaltung seiner Wirkungsstätten (Otterthal und Trattenbach)“ (Satzungen der ÖLWG), unterstützt. Zahlreiche Medienartikel in der WIENER ZEITUNG, in der PRESSE, dem STANDARD, den NIEDERÖSTERREICHISCHEN NACHRICHTEN stammen aus ihrer Feder bzw., später, Tastatur. In den „Dimensionen – die Welt der Wissenschaft“ ist sie zu Gast bei Ö1, einmal (1988) sogar im tschechischen Rundfunk. Besondere Verdienste erwirbt sie sich, gemeinsam mit Sascha Windholz, bei der Betreuung der Wittgenstein-Dauerausstellungen in Kirchberg und in Trattenbach. Jahr für Jahr führt sie die Kongress-TeilnehmerInnen kompetent und in ihrer unnachahmlich liebenswürdigen Art durch diese Museen. Von großer Beachtung und Wirkung ist ihr und Sascha Windholz’ Buch „Ludwig Wittgenstein. Ein Volksschullehrer in Niederösterreich“, 2005 bei Sutton erschienen.
Für all diese Verdienste wird Elisabeth Leinfellner auch öffentlich geehrt: Vor allem mit dem „Großen Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Bundesland Niederösterreich für Wissenschaft und Kunst“.

Seitdem ich im Jahre 2000 im Vorstand der ÖLWG begonnen habe, arbeite ich mit Elisabeth Leinfellner zusammen. Mit ihrem Wissen über die Geschichte unserer Gesellschaft, aber auch durch ihre so vielfältigen Kontakte, durch ihr Know-How in allen die Gesellschaft betreffenden Belangen hat sie mir in vielen kritischen Situationen entscheidend geholfen. Besonders erwähnt seien ihre Beziehungen zur Künstlerschaft, der wir so manches hochkarätige Event bzw. so manche bildnerisch wertvolle Umrahmung unserer Symposiumswoche verdanken; aber auch ihre Mitwirkung am Aufbau des Archivs der ÖLWG. Elisabeth ist immer da gewesen für die Wittgenstein Gesellschaft. Bei ihr habe ich gespürt, dass ihr die Gesellschaft ein wichtiges, man möchte sagen ein Herzensanliegen ist. Elisabeths Hilfestellungen und ihr Einsatz sind nie vom Streben nach individuellen oder partikulären Vorteilen geprägt – ihr geht es um das Ganze. Und: Elisabeth ist nicht nur immer (das ist keine Übertreibung!) ansprechbar gewesen, sie hat auch angepackt. Sie hat nicht nur geredet, sie hat gehandelt. Vielleicht ist das einer der Gründe, warum der Name Elisabeth Leinfellners, der weltweit angesehenen Wissenschaftlerin, auch in jedem Gasthausstammtisch rund um Kirchberg mit Wertschätzung und besonderer Sympathie genannt wird.

Elisabeth Leinfellner ist nicht mit allem zufrieden gewesen, was in der Gesellschaft geschehen ist. Sie war eine leidenschaftliche, mitunter scharfe Kritikerin. Das hat uns verbunden. Menschen, die alles richtig finden, gibt es genug.

Elisabeth Leinfellner hat auch in schwierigen Lebenssituationen nie ihren Mut verloren. Die Krankheit, die ihre letzten Lebensjahre geprägt hat, konnte sie niemals hindern, Zukunftsperspektiven zu entwickeln, in ihrer beständigen Lust auf Neues sehr konkrete Projekte anzugehen: Die neue Summer-School hat es ihr sehr angetan, ebenso die Idee von „Wittgenstein Lectures“ in Wien, aber auch an anderen Universitätsstandorten. Mein letzter Mailwechsel mit ihr stammt vom 21. Dezember 2009, in dem wir über eine Kunst-Ausstellung während des nächsten Symposiums diskutiert haben.

Wir werden auch diesmal – und in der Zukunft – versuchen, Deinen Elan umzusetzen.
Danke für alles. Es war eine gute Zeit mit Dir Elisabeth!

Christian Kanzian, Präsident der Österreichischen Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft
am 29. Jänner 2010

Obituary of Univ.Prof. DDr.h.c. Werner Leinfellner 1921 – 2010

Mit tiefer Trauer und Bestürzung müssen wir zur Kenntnis nehmen, dass am 6. April 2010 Univ.Prof. DDr.h.c. Werner Leinfellner in einem Wiener Spital verstarb. Seine Frau Elisabeth war am 4. Jänner dieses Jahres gestorben.

Werner Leinfellner zählte zu den Pionieren der wissenschaftlichen Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie sowie zur Spiel- und Entscheidungstheorie im Geiste des Wiener Kreises und er hat zusammen mit seiner Frau Elisabeth 1976 durch die Mitgründung und langjährige wissenschaftliche Begleitung der Österreichischen Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft in Kirchberg am Wechsel (NÖ) wesentlich Akzente zur Internationalisierung des philosophischen Lebens in der Zweiten Republik gesetzt. Obwohl er in Österreich nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg aufgrund der widrigen wissenschaftlichen und politischen Verhältnisse beruflich nicht Fuß fassen konnte und an der University of Nebraska, Lincoln, seine internationale akademische Karriere startete, hat er die Kontakte zu seiner Heimat nie abgebrochen und ist nach seiner Emeritierung wieder nach Wien zurückgekehrt. Zahlreiche Auszeichnungen und Ehrungen dokumentieren die Bedeutung seines Lebenswerkes.

Seit der Gründung des Instituts Wiener Kreises im Jahre 1991 fungierte er in dessen wissenschaftlichen Beirat und er hat die Arbeit des Instituts durch seine Expertise und durch eigene Beiträge einzigartig bereichert.

Sein Ableben stellt einen unersetzlichen menschlichen und intellektuellen Verlust für das wissenschaftliche Leben und die intellektuelle Öffentlichkeit dar und wir werden ihn zusammen mit Elisabeth in großer Dankbarkeit in Erinnerung behalten.
Unsere Anteilnahme gilt seiner Tochter Ruth, ihrer Familie und seinen Verwandten.

Univ.Prof. Dr. Friedrich Stadler, Wissenschaftlicher Leiter des Institutes Wiener Kreis und Mitglied des Vorstandes der ÖLWG
Wien, 8. April 2010

Obituary of Em. o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rudolf Haller 1929 – 2014

Obituary by Friedrich Stadler (Professor for the History of Science and the Phlosophy of Science, chairman of the Institute Vienna Circle, University oif Vienna and member of the executive committee of the ALWS)

Prof. Rudolf Haller (1929-2014)

Am 14.2.2014 verstarb in seiner Heimatstadt Graz der renommierte der österreichische Philosoph em.Univ.Prof. Rudolf Haller nach langer schwerer Krankheit im 85. Lebensjahr.

Haller wurde 1929 in St. Gallen geboren, studierte Philosophie, Soziologie, Geschichte und Kunstgeschichte in Graz und ging nach Abschluss seines Studiums als Postdoc nach Oxford. Im Jahre 1961 habilitierte er sich für Philosophie an der Universität Graz und lehrte danach auch in München und Hannover. Im Jahre 1967 wurde er zum Ordinarius für Philosophische Grundlagenforschung berufen, wo er bis zu seiner Emeritierung 1997 in Lehre und Forschung mit den Schwerpunkten analytische Philosophie, österreichische Philosophie, speziell über Bolzano, Brentano, Mach, Meinong, Wiener Kreis, Wittgenstein und Popper wirkte. Daneben hat er 1983 mit Hilfe des Wissenschaftsministeriums (durch Norbert Rozsenich) die außeruniversitäre „Dokumentations- und Forschungsstelle für österreichische Philosophie“ aufgebaut und bis zu seiner Pensionierung geleitet, das zum wichtigsten Zentrum für die Erforschung der Philosophie in Österreich wurde. Zusammen mit Adolf Hübner, Elisabeth und Werner Leinfellner, Paul Weingartner zählte er seit der Gründung 1976 zu den Pionieren der „Österreichischen Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft“, die bis heute jährlich die Internationalen Wittgenstein Kongresse in Kirchberg/Wechsel ausrichtet. Damit, und mit seinen zahlreichen Einladungen renommierter ausländischer PhilosophInnen nach Graz, hat er zur frühen Internationalisierung und Öffnung der Philosophie beigetragen, die lange Zeit nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs ein provinzielles Schattendasein fristete. In diesem Sinne hat er auch zusammen mit dem Verfasser wesentlich bei der Gründung und wissenschaftlichen Profilierung sowie als langjähriger Vorsitzender des wissenschaftlichen Beirates des Instituts Wiener Kreis mitgewirkt, das sich inzwischen zu einem international angesehenen Institut an der Fakultät für Philosophie der Universität Wien entwickelt hat. Wichtige Impulse gehen bis heute zudem von der von ihm 1975 gegründeten Zeitschrift „Grazer Philosophische Studien. Internationale Zeitschrift für analytische Philosophie“ aus, sowie von der von ihm lange herausgegebenen Buchreihe „Studien zur österreichischen Philosophie“. Dort erschienen auch seine „Studien zur österreichischen Philosophie“ als Band 1 und als Band 10 seine „Fragen zu Wittgenstein und Aufsätze zur österreichischen Philosophie“ (1986). 1993 veröffentlichte er sein Buch „Neopositivismus“ und zuletzt engagierte er sich im Grazer Moderne-Projekt, z.B. mit der Herausgabe des Sammelbandes „Nach Kakanien. Annäherung an die Moderne“ (1996).

Ein besonderer Beitrag war die Mitarbeit an der Gesamtausgabe von Alexius Meinong, die Herausgabe der gesammelten Schriften Otto Neuraths und der Veröffentlichungen der Österreichischen Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft. Seine Verdienste um die philosophische Forschung und Wissenschaftsphilosophie werden überdauern, speziell seine Arbeiten zu Wittgenstein, zum Wiener Kreis und zur Entwicklung einer typisch österreichischen Philosophie seit dem 19. Jhdt. (mit der Merkmalen von Sprachkritik, symbolischer Logik, und empiristischer Ausrichtung) im Gegensatz zur deutschen Philosophie dialektischer oder transzendentaler Natur („Neurath-Haller-These“). Zwei Festschriften, zahlreiche Gastprofessuren und Auszeichnung sind Zeichen dieser großen internationalen Karriere eines herausragenden Philosophen und Menschen, der durch seine einzigartige Fachkenntnis, Offenheit, Kreativität und Menschlichkeit einen unersetzbareren Vertreter der intellektuellen Öffentlichkeit und Wissenschaft in und außerhalb Österreichs darstellte. Er wird diesem Lande und der Scientific Community fehlen. Rudolf Haller hinterlässt seine Frau Ingeborg und seinen Sohn Gregor.

Homepage: http://www.uni-graz.at/rudolf.haller

2nd Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 4 – 7 August 2010: Starting Shot

Augustine’s Picture of Language: Names, Samples and Simples. Philosophical Investigations §§ 1 – 89

With: Peter HACKER (Oxford) & Joachim SCHULTE (Zurich)
Scientific organization and direction: Volker A. MUNZ (Klagenfurt / Graz)

The second Wittgenstein Summer School “Augustine’s Picture of Language: Names, Samples and Simples” is dedicated to the introductory paragraphs of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. Those paragraphs are particularly important to see crucial changes and continuities in Wittgenstein’s later philosophy. ILWI was again able to gain two of the most well known Wittgenstein experts, Peter Hacker, and Joachim Schulte.

2nd Summerschool Schedule

2nd Wittgenstein Summer School

August 4 – 7, 2010 Kirchberg am Wechsel/Lower Austria

Accommodation: Pfadfinderheim Kirchberg (Scouts’ home); opposite the Conference Centre

Schedule:

August 3: Registration at the Conference Centre Volksschule Kirchberg
20.00h Informal Gathering at Hotel 1000-jaehrige Linde

August 4 – 7, Conference Centre, Volksschule Kirchberg:

Section 1: 10:00 -11:30

Coffee Break 11:30 – 11.45 (Coffee shop)

Section 2: 11:45-13:15

Lunch: 13:15-14:15 (Hotel Gruener Baum)

Section 3: 14:30-16:00

Dinner: 18.30 (Hotel Gruener Baum, no dinner on Saturday)

End of summer school, August 7, 16:00

Relevant literature:

L. Wittgenstein (2009). Philosophical Investigations. 4th Edition. Ed. by P. M. S. Hacker and Joachim Schulte. Oxford: Wiley. (PI)

G. Baker, P.M.S. Hacker (2009). Wittgenstein: Understanding and Meaning: Volume 1 of an Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations, Part I: Essays. Second, extensively revised edition by P.M.S. Hacker. Blackwell: Oxford.

G. Baker, P.M.S. Hacker (2009). Wittgenstein: Understanding and Meaning: Volume 1 of an Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations, Part II: Exegesis §§1-184. Second, extensively revised edition by P.M.S. Hacker. Blackwell: Oxford.

Certificates of participation will be delivered at the end of the summer school.

With the hpt publishing house

Schriftreihe der Wittgenstein Gesellschaft (swg)

Diese Publikationen sind nur noch über das Büro der ÖLWG erhältlich. Details zu Publikationen siehe Festschrift zum 30. Symposium.

Experience and Analysis

27. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 2004
Johann Marek, Maria Reicher

Knowledge and Belief

26. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 2003
Winfried Löffler, Paul Weingartner

Persons. An Interdisziplinary Approach

25. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 2002
Josef Quitterer, Christian Kanzian

Band 1 und Band 2 “Wittgenstein and the Future of Philosophy – A Reassessment after 50 Years”

24. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 2001
Rudolf Haller, KIaus Puhl

Band 1 und Band 2 “Rationalität und Irrationalität”

23. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 2000
Berit Brogaard

Band 1 und Band 2 “Metaphysik im postmetaphysischen Zeitalter”

22. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1999
Uwe Meixner, Peter Simons

Band 1 und Band 2 “Angewandte Ethik”

21. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1998
Peter Kampits, Karoly Kokai, Anja Weiberg

Aktuelle Fragen politischer Philosophie

19. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1996
Peter Koller, Klaus Puhl

Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Culture

18. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1995
Kjell Johannessen, Tore Nordenstam

The British Tradition in 20th Century Philosophy

17. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1994
Jaakko Hintikka, Klaus Puhl

Philosophy and the Cognitive Sciences

16. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1993
Roberto Casati, Barry Smith, Graham White

Band 1 und Band 2 “Philosophie der Mathematik”

15. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1992
Johannes Czermak

Wittgenstein – Eine Neubewertung (3 Bände)

14. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1992
Rudolf Haller, Johannes Brandl

Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften

13. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1988
Paul Weingartner, Gerhard Schürz

Berichte des 13. IWS, 1988

Grenzfragen zwischen Philosophie und Naturwissenschaft

Philosophie des Rechts, der Politik und der Gesellschaft

12. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1987
Ota Weinberger, Peter Koller, Alfred Schramm

Berichte des 12. IWS, 1987

Recht, Politik, Gesellschaft

Logik, Wissenschaftstheorie und Erkenntnistheorie

11. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1986
Paul Weingartner, Gerhard Schürz

Berichte des 11. IWS, 1986

Neuere Entwicklungen in der Erkenntnis- und Wissenschaftstheorie

Die Aufgaben der Philosophie in der Gegenwart

10. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1985
Werner Leinfellner, Franz Wuketits

Philosophie des Geistes – Philosophie der Psychologie

9. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1984
Roderik Chisholm, Johann Marek, John Blackmore, Adolf Hübner

Ethik. Grundlagen, Probleme und Anwendungen

5. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1980
Edgar Morscher, Rudolf Stranzinger

Sprache, Logik und Philosophie

4. Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 1979
Rudolf Haller, Wolfgang Grassl

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Publications of the ALWS

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Festschriften

Friedrich Stadler / Sascha Windholz
40x Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium
Sonderband der Beiträge der Österreichische Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft
Zum 40. Internationalen Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel 2017
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Christian Kanzian / Volker Munz / Sascha Windholz
Wir hofften jedes Jahr noch ein weiteres Symposium machen zu können
Zum 30. Internationalen Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg am Wechsel, 2007
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Elisabeth Leinfellner / Sascha Windholz
Die Wittgenstein-Landschaft in Niederösterreich
Festschrift zum 25. IWS, 2002

 

Publication

Familienbriefe
Brian McGuinness, Maria Ascher, Otto Pfersmann, swg Band 23, Wien: hpt, 1996

Von Bolzano zu Wittgenstein – Zur Tradition der Österreichischen Philosophie
János Kristóf Nyíri, swg Band 12/2, Wien: hpt, 1986

Ludwig Wittgenstein – Ein Volksschullehrer in Niederösterreich
Elisabeth Leinfellner, Sascha Windholz; Sutton Verlag, 2005

 

Collector’s item

 

Stamp
On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Ludwig Wittgenstein 1989
Envelope with stamped postage stamp

 

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International Wittgenstein Symposium (IWS) – A Survey of Topics 1976–2017

‘1st’ International Wittgenstein Symposium: 24–25 April 1976
Wittgenstein Tage
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Elisabeth Leinfellner, Werner Leinfellner, Rudolf Haller,Paul Weingartner, Adolf Hübner

2nd IWS: 29 August–4 September 1977
Wittgenstein und sein Einfluss auf die gegenwärtige Philosophie
Wittgenstein and His Impact on Contemporary Thought
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Elisabeth Leinfellner, Werner Leinfellner, Hal Berghel, Adolf Hübner

3rd IWS: 13–19 August 1978
Wittgenstein, der Wiener Kreis und der Kritische Rationalismus
Wittgenstein, the Vienna Circle, and Critical Rationalism (including a seminar on Popper’s “open society)
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Hal Berghel, Adolf Hübner, Eckehart Köhler

4th IWS: 27 August–2 September 1979
Sprache, Logik und Philosophie
Language, Logic, and Philosophy
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Rudolf Haller, Wolfgang Grassl

5th IWS: 25–31 August 1980
Ethik. Grundlagen, Probleme und Anwendungen
Ethics: Foundations, Problems, and Applications
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Edgar Morscher, Rudolf Stranzinger

6th IWS: 23–30 August 1981
Sprache und Ontologie
Language and Ontology
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Werner Leinfellner, Eric Kraemer, Jeffrey Schank

7th IWS: 22–29 August 1982
Erkenntnis- und Wissenschaftstheorie
Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Paul Weingartner, Johannes Czermak

8th IWS: 15–21 August 1983
Ästhetik — Religionsphilosophie
Aesthetics – Philosophy of Religion
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Wolfgang L. Gombocz, Rudolf Haller

9th IWS: 19–26 August 1984
Philosophie des Geistes — Philosophie der Psychologie
Philosophy of Mind — Philosophy of Psychology
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Roderick M. Chisholm, Johann Christian Marek, John T. Blackmore, Adolf Hübner

10th IWS: 18–25 August 1985.
Die Aufgaben der Philosophie in der Gegenwart
The Tasks of Contemporary Philosophy (including a seminar on Austrian Philosophy)
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Werner Leinfellner, Franz M. Wuketits

11th IWS: 4–13 August 1986
Logik, Wissenschaftstheorie und Erkenntnistheorie
Recent Developments in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (including a seminar “Digital Intelligence: From Philosophy to Technology” on Kurt Gödel)
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Paul Weingartner, Gerhard Schurz

12th IWS: 7–14 August 1987
Philosophie des Rechts, der Politik und der Gesellschaft
Philosophy of Law, Politics, and Society (including a seminar on editing Wittgenstein)
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Ota Weinberger, Peter Koller, Alfred Schramm

13th IWS: 14–21 August 1988
Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften
Philosophy of the Natural Sciences (including a seminar on Joachim Jungius and ‘practical logic’)
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Paul Weingartner, Gerhard Schurz

14th IWS: 13–20 August 1989
Wittgenstein. Eine Neubewertung
Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Re-evaluation
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Rudolf Haller, Johannes Brandl

15th IWS: 16–23 August 1992
Philosophie der Mathematik
Philosophy of Mathematics
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Johannes Czermak, Klaus Puhl

16th IWS: 15–22 August 1993
Philosophie und die kognitiven Wissenschaften
Philosophy and the Cognitive Sciences
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Roberto Casati, Barry Smith, Graham White

17th IWS: 14–21 August 1994
Die britische Tradition in der Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts
The British Tradition in 20th Century Philosophy
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Jaakko Hintikka, Klaus Puhl

18th IWS: 13–20 August 1995
Wittgenstein und die Kulturphilosophie
Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Culture
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Kjell S. Johannessen, Tore Nordenstam

19th IWS: 11–18 August 1996
Aktuelle Probleme der politischen Philosophie
Current Issues in Political Philosophy: Justice and Welfare in Society and World Order
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Peter Koller, Klaus Puhl

20th IWS: 10–16 August 1997
Die Rolle der Pragmatik in der Gegenwartsphilosophie
The Role of Pragmatics in Contemporary Philosophy
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Paul Weingartner, Gerhard Schurz, Georg Dorn

21st IWS: 16–22 August 1998
Angewandte Ethik
Applied Ethics
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Peter Kampits, Karoly Kokai, Anja Weiberg

22nd IWS: 15–21 August 1999
Metaphysik im postmetaphysischen Zeitalter
Metaphysics in the Post-Metaphysical Age
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Uwe Meixner, Peter Simons

23rd IWS: 13–19 August 2000
Rationalität und Irrationalität
Rationality and Irrationality
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Berit Brogaard, Barry Smith

24th IWS: 12–18 August 2001
Wittgenstein und die Zukunft der Philosophie. Eine Neubewertung nach 50 Jahren
Wittgenstein and the Future Philosophy – A Reassessment after 50 Years
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Rudolf Haller, Klaus Puhl

25th IWS: 11–17 August 2002
Personen. Ein Interdisziplinärer Dialog
Persons – An Interdisciplinary Approach
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Christian Kanzian, Josef Quitterer, Edmund Runggaldier

26th IWS: 3–9 August 2003
Wissen und Glauben
Knowledge and Belief
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Winfried Löffler, Paul Weingartner

27th IWS: 8–14 August 2004
Erfahrung und Analyse
Experience and Analysis
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Johann Christian Marek, Maria Elisabeth Reicher

28th IWS: 7–13 August 2005
Zeit und Geschichte
Time and History
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Friedrich Stadler, Michael Stöltzner

29th IWS: 6–12 August 2006
Kulturen: Streit — Analyse — Dialog
Cultures: Conflict – Analysis – Dialog
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Georg Gasser, Christian Kanzian, Edmund Runggaldier

30th IWS: 5–11 August 2007
Philosophie der Informationsgesellschaft
Philosophy of the Information Society
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Alois Pichler, Herbert Hrachovec

31st IWS: 10–16 August 2008
Reduktion und Elimination in Philosophie und den Wissenschaften
Reduction and Elimination in Philosophy and the Sciences
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Alexander Hieke, Hannes Leitgeb

32nd IWS: 9–15 August 2009
Sprache und Welt
Language and World
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Volker A. Munz, Klaus Puhl, Joseph Wang

33rd IWS: 8–14 August 2010
Bild und Bildlichkeit in Philosophie, Wissenschaft und Kunst
Image and Imaging in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Richard Heinrich, Elisabeth Nemeth, Wolfram Pichler

34th IWS: 7–13 August 2011
Erkenntnistheorie: Kontexte, Werte, Dissens
Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Christoph Jäger, Winfried Löffler

35th IWS:  5–11 August 2012
Ethik – Gesellschaft – Politik
Ethics – Society – Politics
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Martin G. Weiss, Hajo Greif

36th IWS: 11–17 August 2013
Geist, Sprache und Handlung
Mind, Language and Action
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, Annalisa Coliva, Volker A. Munz

37th IWS:  10–16 August 2014
Analytische und Kontinentale Philosophie: Perspektiven und Methoden
Analytical and Continental Philosophy: Methods and Perspectives
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl, Harald A. Wiltsche

38th IWS:  9–15 of August 2015
Realismus – Relativismus – Konstruktivismus
Realism – Relativism – Constructivism
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Christian Kanzian, Josef Mitterer, Katharina Neges

39th IWS: 7–13 of August 2016
Ästhetik heute: Zeitgenössische Zugänge zur Ästhetik der Natur und der Künste
Aesthetics Today: Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics of Nature and of Art
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Stefan Majetschak, Anja Weiberg

40th IWS: 6–12 of August 2017
Die Philosophie der Wahrnehmung und der Beobachtung
The Philosophy of Perception and Observation
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau, Friedrich Stadler (Vienna)

 

Friedrich Stadler / Sascha Windholz
40x Internationales Wittgenstein Symposium
Sonderband der Beiträge der Österreichische Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft
Zum 40. Internationalen Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel 2017

Kirchberg am Wechsel

In April 2001 an Austrian newspaper published an article titled „The philosopher, the cave, and the bats“ referring to Ludwig Wittgenstein, the Herrmannshöhle (Herman’s Cave) near Kirchberg am Wechsel and its bats. It is common to link Wittgenstein to Kirchberg am Wechsel and its neighbouring St. Corona, but it is still rather batty.

For he never spent much time in either town. And he certainly never taught there and only visited these places on rare occasions.

Nevertheless, searching the internet you will come across learned pages claiming that Wittgenstein spent some time as a teacher in Kirchberg, or even that he was born there. In 2000, a local newspaper announced that he (still) participates in Kirchberg’s philosophical symposia. He would have been 111 years old by then.

Wittgenstein visited Kirchberg’s church once with his pupils to have them sing and experience the building’s acoustics. At another time he reluctantly participated in a conference of the committee of primary schools of the Feistritz-Valley. The conference wasn’t a big success and Wittgenstein kept mum while his colleagues debated pedagogical strategies. On his way home, Wittgenstein promised himself never again to waste time at a similar gathering, which seemed to him a perfect example of a nonsensical event.

These instances would hardly qualify Kirchberg to stand for any kind of Wittgenstein-landscape. But being the home of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society (ALWS) and thus the location for International Wittgenstein Symposia ever since 1976 are reasons enough.

10th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2018 (Juliet Floyd, Mathieu Marion)

31 July – 4 August 2018 in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria

Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Mathematics

With: Juliet FLOYD (Boston) & Mathieu MARION (Montréal)

Scientific Organization and Direction: Volker A. MUNZ (Klagenfurt)

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): 31 March 2018 (Later applications can unfortunately not be taken into account.)
Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: 30 April 2018 (Full reimbursement in case of non-acceptance)

Accommodation will be organized by the ALWS and is located just opposite the conference centre. Private booking possible.
Summer school participants are invited to join the 41st International Wittgenstein Symposium: Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics. Kirchberg am Wechsel, 5 – 11 of August 2018 at reduced fees.
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 15 June 2018 (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 (working load 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 send a transcript record and a 3-page preparatory essay on a selected subject from Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Mathematics.

Reading List (selection)

    1. Brown Book, sections 33-43.
    2. Philosophical Investigations, 143-154, also especially 179-202.
    3. Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics, Parts I-II (including appendices).
    4. RPP I 1096.
    5. Maths in the TLP: §§ 6-6.031 & 6.2-6.241.
    6. Recursive proofs and the uniqueness rule for primitive recursive arithmetic: BT § 127, 129-130 & 133 (= PG part II, §§ 30, 32-33 & 36).
    7. Mathematical existence: BT §§ 121 & 123 (= PG part II, §§ 24 & 26).
    8. Intuitionism (to be discussed only in conjunction with previous topic): PR p. 176, 201-212, BT 487 (= PG, p 458) & LFM, 237.
    9. Identity and the logicist definition of natural numbers: WVC p. 164-165, PR § 118, BT § 118 (= PG, part II, § 21).
    10. Surveyability (to be discussed only in conjunction with previous topic): PR §103, AWL (Ambrose lecture notes), p. 146-153, LFM lectures XVI -XVII.
    11. Rule following: PI sections 185-242, Blue & Brown Books p. 11 bottom (last two lines) until p. 15 (included), language-game section 62 p. 112 and p. 162.
    12. Contradiction: WVC p. 119-136 & LFM (1939 lectures) p. 207 (bottom, when Turing speaks

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

Teaching language: English

For registration please click here to get the registration form.

You can download the poster, too.

Please send your application documents per regular mail to:

Volker A. Munz
Department of Philosophy
Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
Universitaetsstrasse 65-67
A-9020 KLAGENFURT
Email. Volker.Munz@aau.at

9th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2017 (Hans Sluga and David G. Stern)

2. – 5. August 2017

Meaning, Mind, and Action: Wittgenstein’s Lectures, Cambridge, 1930-33

with Hans SLUGA (Berkeley) & David G. STERN (Iowa City)

Scientific Organization and Direction:Volker A. Munz (Klagenfurt)

Maximum number of participants: 40
Application deadline (registration and payment): 31 March 2017 (Later applications can unfortunately not be taken into account.)
Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: 30 April 2017 (Full reimbursement in case of non-acceptance)

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 send a transcript record and a 3-page preparatory essay on a selected subject of the following chapters from Wittgenstein’s Lectures, Cambridge, 1930-33: please confer the reading list.

Further details concerning preparation (reading list), programme, etc. will be announced.

Teaching language: English

Please send your application documents to:
Volker A. Munz
Department of Philosophy
Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
Universitaetsstrasse 65-67
A-9020 KLAGENFURT
Email: Volker.Munz@aau.at

8th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2016 (Lars Hertzberg, Oskari Kuusela)

3rd – 6th of August 2016 in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria

Seeing as: Philosophical
Investigations Part II, xi

With: Lars Hertzberg (Åbo) & Oskari Kuusela (East Anglia)

Scientific Organization and Direction: Volker A. Munz (Klagenfurt)

Maximum number of participants: 40
Application deadline (registration and payment): 31 March 2016 (Later applications can unfortunately not be taken into account.)
Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: 30 April 2016 (Full reimbursement in case of non-acceptance)

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 send a transcript record and a 3-page preparatory essay on a selected subject of Philosophical Investigations Part II Section XI.

Further details concerning preparation (reading list), programme, etc. will be announced.

Teaching language: English

 

7th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2015 (Cora Diamond, James Conant)

5th – 8th of August 2015 in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria

Wittgenstein on Following a Rule:
Philosophical Investigations,
Sections 185-242

With: Cora Diamond (Charlottesville) and James Conant (Chicago)

Scientific Organization and Direction: Volker A. Munz (Klagenfurt)

You can download the poster with this link.

Maximum number of participants: 40
Application deadline (registration and payment): 30 March 2015 (Later applications can unfortunately not be taken into account.)
Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: 30 April 2015 (Full reimbursement in case of non-acceptance)

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 send a transcript record and a 3-page preparatory essay on a selected subject of Philosophical Investigations, Sections 185-242

Further details concerning preparation (reading list), programme, etc. will be announced.

Teaching language: English

 

6th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2014 (Peter Hacker, Joachim Schulte)

6th – 9th of August 2014 in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria

Some Central Problems in the Tractatus

With: Peter HACKER (Oxford), Joachim SCHULTE (Zurich)

Scientific Organization and Direction: Volker A. Munz (Klagenfurt)

You can download the poster with this link.

Maximum number of participants: 40
Application deadline (registration and payment): 30 March 2014 (Later applications can unfortunately not be taken into account.)
Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: 30 April 2014 (Full reimbursement in case of non-acceptance)

Summer school participants are invited to join the 37th International Wittgenstein Symposium: Analytical and Continental Philosophy: Methods and Perspectives. Kirchberg am Wechsel,
10 – 16 of August 2014 at reduced fees.

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 send a transcript record and a 3-page preparatory essay on a selected subject of the Tractatus

Further details concerning preparation (reading list), programme, etc. will be announced.

Teaching language: English

 

5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2013 (Cora Diamond, James Conant)

7th – 10th August 2013
Kirchberg am Wechsel / Lower Austria

Ludwig Wittgenstein:

Wittgenstein’s Conception of Philosophy: Sections 89 – 133 of Philosophical Investigations

With:
Cora Diamond (Charlottesville)
James Conant (Chicago)

Scientific Organization: Volker A. Munz (Klagenfurt, ALWS)

Maximum number of participants: 40
Application deadline (registration and payment): 01 April 2013 (Later applications can unfortunately not be taken into account.)
Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: 30 April 2013 (Full reimbursement in case of non-acceptance)

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 send a performance record and a 3-page preparatory essay on one or several remarks from Philosophical Investigations sections 89-133.
Further details concerning preparation (reading list), programme, etc. will be announced.
Teaching language: English

Please send your application documents to:
Volker A. Munz
Institut fuer Philosophie
Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
Universitaetsstrasse 65-67
A-9020 KLAGENFURT
Email. Volker.Munz@uni-klu.ac.at

The required readling list can be downloaded here

4th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2012 (Hans Sluga, David G. Stern)

1st – 4th August 2012
Kirchberg am Wechsel / Lower Austria

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Blue Book, pp.1-44

With:
Hans SLUGA (Berkeley)
David G. STERN (Iowa City)

Scientific Organization: Volker MUNZ (Klagenfurt, ALWS)

Impressions of the participants on this summer school can be read here.

Reading List

Primary Text
(1) Wittgenstein, Blue Book, pp. 1-44

Secondary Readings
There exists only a limited secondary literature specifically devoted to the Blue Book – though the literature on topics raised in that work is extensive. Here is a concise list.
Studies of the Blue Book:
(2) Rush Rhees, “Preface,” in (1)
(3) O. K. Bouwsma, “The Blue Book,” Journal of Philosophy, vol. 58, 1961, pp. 141-162.
(4) Hans Sluga, “Wittgensteins Blaues Buch,” Proceedings of the 10th International Wittgenstein Symposium, 1985
The Middle Wittgenstein:
(5) Anthony Kenny, Wittgenstein.  Chs 8 & 9 “Understanding, Thinking and Meaning” & “Language-Games.”
(6) David Stern, “The ‘Middle Wittgenstein.’ From Logical Atomism to Practical Holism,” Synthese, vol. 87, 1991, pp. 203-226.
(7) Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. Ch. 16 “Language Games: The Blue and Brown Books.”
(8) Mark Addis, Wittgenstein: A Guide for the Perplexed ch. 4 “The Middle Period”.  Continuum, 2006.
Topics in the Blue Book:
(9) Hans Sluga, Wittgenstein, ch. 4 “The Prodigious Diversity of Language Games”
(10) Renford Bambrough, “Universals and family Resemblance,” in George Pitcher, (ed.) Wittgenstein: The Philosophical Investigations.
(11) Hans Sluga, Wittgenstein, ch. 5, “Families and Resemblances”
(12) Rogers Albritton, “On Wittgenstein’s Use of the Term ‘Criterion’,” Journal of Philosophy, vol. 56, 1959, pp. 845-857.  Reprinted in Pitcher (ed.) Wittgenstein: The Philosophical Investigations, with a four-page postscript Albritton wrote in 1966.
(13) Philip W. Bennett, “Wittgenstein and Defining Criteria,” Philosophical Investigations, vol. 1, 1978, pp 49-63.
Related work by Wittgenstein from the Blue Book period:
(14) Ludwig Wittgenstein, Wittgenstein’s Lectures: Cambridge, 1932-1935. Part II.  The Yellow Book (Selected Parts) pp. 43-73.  Ed. Alice Ambrose.  U of Chicago Press, 1979.
(15) Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Grammar pp.39-196.

Maximum number of participants: 40
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 send a performance record and a 3-page preparatory essay on one or several remarks taken from The Blue Book.
Further details concerning preparation (reading list), programme, etc. will be announced.
Teaching language: English

Participants of the summerschool have given their impressions here.

3rd Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2011 (Peter Hacker, Joachim Schulte)

3rd Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School

3th – 6th August 2011
Kirchberg am Wechsel / Lower Austria

Ludwig Wittgenstein: On Certainty

With:
Peter HACKER (Oxford)
Joachim SCHULTE (Zurich)

Scientific Organization: Volker MUNZ (Klagenfurt, ALWS)

Maximum number of participants: 40
Application deadline (registration and payment): 01 April 2011
Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: 30 April 2011 (Full reimbursement in case of non-acceptance)
Date of arrival: 2 August 2011
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 send a performance record and a 3-page preparatory essay on one or several remarks taken from On Certainty.
Further details concerning preparation (reading list), programme, etc. will be announced.
Teaching language: English

 

2nd Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2010 (Peter Hacker, Joachim Schulte)

4th – 7th August 2010
Kirchberg am Wechsel / Lower Austria

Augustine’s Picture of Language: Names, Samples and Simples.

Philosophical Investigations §§ 1– 89

With:
Peter HACKER (Oxford)
Joachim SCHULTE (Zurich)

Scientific Organization: Volker MUNZ (Graz, ALWS)

 

Teaching language: English

Ludwig Wittgenstein with his school class in Lower Austria, 1922-24.

(Ludwig Wittgenstein with his school class in Lower Austria, 1922-24.)

Information for the participants.

2nd Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School – Starting Shot.

 

1st Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2009 (Peter Hacker, Joachim Schulte)

6th – 8th August 2009
Kirchberg am Wechsel / Lower Austria

„Privacy and Private Language:
Philosophical Investigations §§243-315”

With:
Peter HACKER (Oxford)
Joachim SCHULTE (Zurich)

Scientific Organization: Volker MUNZ (Graz, ALWS)

Ludwig Wittgenstein with his school class in Lower Austria, 1922-24.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein with his school class in Lower Austria, 1922-24.)

 

Teaching language: English

 

Reports on the 4th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summerschool

Volker Munz asked participants of the 4th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summschool, both lecturers and students, to give their impression on the summerschool. Here are the reports they have written:


David Stern

Dear Volker,
I understand that you would like a written report on my impressions of the 4th Wittgenstein Summer School.  Let me start by saying that I thought it was not only extremely successful, but also a very pleasant and intellectually stimulating event for all concerned.  The thirty or so participants were clearly very committed to the project of giving a close reading of the Blue Book.  After Hans Sluga provided a brief overview of some of the main philological, historical, and philosophical issues raised by the text during our first hour, the group spent fifteen hours, spread over four consecutive days, working our way through the first half of the Blue Book.  I strongly believe that this kind of close reading, in which a diverse group shares their different approaches to the text, measuring the strengths and weaknesses of those approaches page by page, and day by day, is the best way of coming to grips with Wittgenstein’s writing.  Reading the text by oneself, or drawing on the guidance offered by a traditional lecture course, cannot offer the perspective provided by a collaborative discussion.  Such a setting provides an opportunity to appreciate the wide range of issues raised by the text, and the way in which Wittgenstein develops and interweaves his discussion of those topics in the course of a such a carefully constructed and composed text.
Beyond the scheduled sessions, the discussion continued over lunch and late into the evening; the level of immersion and commitment displayed by the participants was quite extraordinary.  Over half of them had taken part in a previous summer school, and the prior institutional history, together with the lively interest in this unusual opportunity to take part in a close reading of a key Wittgenstein text, was a crucial factor in the success of the School.  I also note that the vast majority will be staying on for the Symposium, and many will be presenting papers on Wittgenstein-related topics.  I have been working on the Blue Book for over thirty years, and have frequently used it as a text in my teaching; nevertheless, I learned a great deal about the Blue Book over the last few days, and am very grateful for the opportunity to take part in the summer school.
Sincerely,

David Stern


Hans Sluga

Lieber Volker,

Die Wittgenstein Summer School 2012 war für mich ein ganz außergewöhnliches Ereignis. Die Gelegenheit, einen wichtigen Wittgenstein Text mit einer Gruppe von hochtalentierten internationalen Studenten gründlich durchzusprechen kommt nicht oft. Unsere Gespräche waren, wie Du weißt, intensiv und dauerten oft informell bis in die späte Nacht. Nicht nur die Studenten sondern auch ich und, wie ich glaube, David Stern haben dabei ungeheuer viel gelernt. Ich selbst habe mich über die Jahre hin oft und eindringlich mit Wittgensteins Blauem Buch befasst—aber nie mit so reicher Ausbeute an neuen Gedanken und Einsichten. Es war auch ein Vergnügen, eine neue Generation von Wittgensteinspezialisten kennenzulernen. Ich bin mir gewiss, dass die Beziehungen, die zwischen den Teilnehmern der Summer School geknüpft worden sind, noch lange halten werden.

Für mich selbst war die Summer School die größte Bereicherung des Symposiums, die ich mir vorstellen kann. Schon heute hat sich aus weiteren Gesprächen mit den Studenten ergeben, dass die jetzt stattfindenden Vorträge für sie durch die Summer School eine ganz neue Dimension und Bedeutung erhalten haben.

Ich darf Dir und der gesamten Leitung des diesjährigen Symposiums daher für die Organisation der Summer School danken. Für die kommenden Jahre kann ich sagen: Nur weiter so!

Dein
Hans


Sebastian Greve

Die Summer School war wie schon zuvor sehr schön, tatsächlich fand ich sie so gut wie noch nie; das mag an meiner Vorliebe für das Blue Book liegen. Ich fasse gern meine positiven Erfahrungen kurz auf Englisch zusammen.
‘The summer school has been most rewarding to me. The unique opportunity to discuss Wittgenstein’s philosophy 24 hours a day (literally) is of indispensable value to every student with a serious interest. The discussions in the seminar as well as the conversations during the rest of the days have been immensely helpful, and I am looking forward to next year already!’

Vielen Dank für die schöne Zeit,
und herzliche Grüße,

Sebastian Greve.


Florian Gstöhl

Es war meine zweite Summer School an der ich teilgenommen habe. Das herausragenste an dieser Sommer School ist das Zusammentreffen von Wittgensteininteressierten von überall von der Welt die sich in dieser Woche explizit mit Wittgenstein auseinandersetzen. Es ist einfach großartig eine Gruppe vorzufinden, die von verschiedenen Denkrichtungen beeinflusst sich mit Wittgenstein auseinander setzt. In dieser Form ist die Summer School einzigartig und ich hoffe
es wird noch viele mehr geben.

Ganz liebe Grüße

Florian Gstöhl


Maja Jaakson

Hi Volker,
Sure thing.  The ALWS summer school is now something I look forward to attending every year; it provides an excellent opportunity to take up a close study of Wittgenstein’s work with top scholars.  Although the atmosphere is relaxed and congenial, the sessions themselves are intense and invigorating.  I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting many clever, insightful and truly lovely people at the summer school and symposium.

Best,

Maja


Joseph Zanella

Here are my notes on the 2012 summer school. Hope they are of some use.
From a recent conversation at the University of Copenhagen: —How long were you there [in Kirchberg]? —Five days. —What did you do? —We read the Blue Book. —All of it? —No, we skipped some. —How far did you get? —Page thirty-three.
The above covers the question “What happened?” fairly well. That is pretty much what happened at the summer school this year. The question this fairly typical conversation often raises in its wake is “Why would one want to pay to spend five days with thirty-odd people very slowly reading one’s way through a minor book by Wittgenstein?”
If I am honest I have to say: I don’t know. I don’t have an answer to that question. That is, not one that makes sense in the climate and age in which we live, one that would count as a reason. Then again on other occasions I might turn that around and say, that precisely because it does not makes sense to do so in this climate and age I’m doing it anyway in order to, perhaps, balance the score a bit. But that doesn’t seem right either.
So why do it? Maybe to answer that question I have to talk about what didn’t happen. What didn’t happen is: 1) we did not find out who Wittgenstein is; 2) we did not find out exactly what his philosophical theory is; 3) we did not find out what the Blue Book is ultimately or essentially about; 4) we did not find out what the book’s main argument is; 5) we did not find out whether the book had a main argument; 6) we did not find out whether the book had even one argument… I could go on. It must seem horrifying.
“What the hell were you doing for five days!” —Reading the Blue Book beginning from page one and getting as far as page thirty-three. And it is one of the best things I’ve ever taken part in. And perhaps this is what’s important here. The doing of it.
Rhees says that Wittgenstein, while getting the PI ready for publication, often said: “Whatever I do I mustn’t hurry.” Wittgenstein also said that he would wish that his work at least would get someone to think thoughts of their own. His writing, to me, is always best when read aloud. I think he says something somewhere to the same effect. It is well known that his lectures contained large stretches of silence. The sort of penny-drop silence that a remark in any one of his books might strike a reader with. Being made to stop and forced think. Or forced to get thinking going again.
So what did I get out of the summer school? Maybe this: that I was made to slowly work my way through thirty-three pages of the Blue Book and it got me thinking. And that is enough, really. It is not something one is often made to do.

Best wishes,

Joseph Zanella

Book Panel at the 33rd International Wittgenstien Symposium

Organized by Shakespeare & Company.

  • Agosta, Lou: Empathy in the Context of Philosophy (Renewing Philosophy). Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230241831), 2010.
  • Ahmed, Arif (Editor): Wittgenstein’s ‘Philosophical Investigations’: A Critical Guide (Cambridge Critical Guides). Cambridge University Press (ISBN: 9780521886130), 2010.
  • Alexander, Amir: Duel at Dawn (New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine). Harvard University Press (ISBN: 9780674046610), 2010.
  • Allhoff, Fritz: What is Nanotechnology and Why Does it Matter?: From Science to Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405175449), 2010.
  • Alofsin, A: When Buildings Speak: Architecture as Language in the Habsburg Empire and Its Aftermath, 1867-1933. Chicago University Press (ISBN: 9780226015071), 2008.
  • Apfelbaum, Erica: Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates. Fordham University Press (ISBN: 9780823232604), 2010.
  • Arthur, Paige: Unfinished Projects. Verso (ISBN: 9781844673995), 2010.
  • Ascott, Roy: Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness. University of California Press (ISBN: 9780520222946), 2007.
  • Baggini, Julian: The Philosopher’s Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods (Wiley Desktop Editions). Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405190183), 2010.
  • Bailer-Jones, Daniela: Scientific Models in Philosophy of Science. University of Pittsburgh Press (ISBN: 9780822943761), 2009.
  • Baker, G. P.: Wittgenstein: Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations, Essays and Exegesis 185-242 v. 2: Rules, Grammar and Necessity (An Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations). WileyBlackwell (ISBN: 9781405184083), 2009.
  • Baker, G. P.: Wittgenstein: Exegesis 1-184 Pt. 2: Understanding and Meaning (Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations). Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405199254), 2009.
  • Baker, G. P.: Wittgenstein: Essays v. 1, Pt. 1: Understanding and Meaning. Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405199247), 2009.
  • Bara, B: Cognitive Pragmatics. MIT Press (ISBN: 9780262014113), 2010.
  • Barthes, Roland: The Neutral: Lecture Course at the College De France (1977-1978) (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism). Columbia University Press (ISBN: 9780231134057), 2007.
  • Bauman, Zygmunt: Living on Borrowed Time: Conversations with Citlali Rovirosa-Madrazo. Polity Press (ISBN: 9780745647395), 2009.
  • Beilharz, Peter: Socialism and Modernity (Contradictions). University of Minnesota Press (ISBN: 9780816660865), 2009.
  • Berto, Francesco: There’s Something About Godel!: The Complete Guide to the Incompleteness Theorem. Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405197670), 2009.
  • Betz, Gregor: Theorie dialektischer Strukturen. Klostermann Vittorio Gmbh (ISBN: 9783465036296), 2010.
  • Bird, Graham (Editor): A Companion to Kant (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy). Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405197595), 2009.
  • Blackledge, Adrian: Multilingualism: A Critical Perspective (Advances in Sociolinguistics). Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (ISBN: 9780826492098), 2009.
  • Brassier, Ray: Nihil Unbound: Naturalism and Anti-Phenomenological Realism. Palgrave Macmillan Limited (ISBN: 9780230522046), 2007.
  • Brassier, Ray: Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230522053), 2010.
  • Brinkmann, Klaus E.: Idealism Without Limits: Hegel and the Problem of Objectivity (Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture). Springer (ISBN: 9789048136216), 2010.
  • Britschgi, Arndt: Anything Goes – No Paradox Follows: A Free-Will Investigation into Newcomb’s Paradox. Philosophia (ISBN: 9783884050941),  .
  • Bromand, Joachim: Grenzen des Wissens. Mentis Verlag Gmbh (ISBN: 9783897856691), 2009.
  • Bruya, B: Effortless Attention (Bradford Books). MIT Press (ISBN: 9780262513951), 2010.
  • Bufacchi, Vittorio: Violence and Social Justice. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230552968), 2009.
  • Byrne, A: Disjunctivism: Contemporary Readings (MIT Readers in Contemporary Philosophy). MIT Press (ISBN: 9780262524902), 2009.
  • Campbell, J: Knowledge and Skepticism (Topics in Contemporary Philosophy). MIT Press (ISBN: 9780262513968), 2010.
  • Campbell, Tom D.: Justice (Issues in Political Theory). Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230221680), 2010.
  • Campen, Cretien van: Hidden Sense (Leonardo Books). MIT Press (ISBN: 9780262514071), 2010.
  • Cavell, Stanley: Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory (Cultural Memory in the Present). Stanford University Press (ISBN: 9780804770149), 2010.
  • Celan, P: Correspondence (German List). Chicago University Press (ISBN: 9781906497446), 2010.
  • Cerezo, M: Exploring Internal Tensions in Wittgenstein’s ‘Tractatus’: An Analysis of the Conditions for the Possibility of Language (CSLI Lecture Notes). Chicago University Press (ISBN: 9781575864389), 2006.
  • Chappell, Timothy (Editor): The Problem of Moral Demandingness: New Philosophical Essays. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230219403), 2009.
  • Chemero, A: Radical Embodied Cognitive Science (Bradford Books). MIT Press (ISBN: 9780262013222), 2009.
  • Cioffi, Frank: Wittgenstein on Freud and Frazer. Cambridge University Press (ISBN: 9780521626248), 1998.
  • Coates, John: The Claims of Common Sense: Moore, Wittgenstein, Keynes and the Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press (ISBN: 9780521039581), 2007.
  • Cohen, Alix: Kant and the Human Sciences: Biology, Anthropology and History. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230224322), 2009.
  • Cohen, J: Color Ontology and Color Science (Life & Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology & Psychology). MIT Press (ISBN: 9780262513753), 2010.
  • Cooper, Laurence D.: Eros in Plato, Rousseau, and Nietzsche: The Politics of Infinity. Pennsylvania State University Press (ISBN: 9780271033310), 2010.
  • Corkhill, Alan: Glück paradox: Moderne Literatur und Medienkultur – theoretisch gelesen. Transcript Verlag (ISBN: 9783837613681), 2010.
  • Correia, Fabrice: Existential Dependence and Cognate Notions. Philosophia (ISBN: 9783884050880),  .
  • Crary, Alice, Read, Rupert(editors): The New Wittgenstein. Routledge (ISBN: 9780415173193), 2000.
  • Crawford, Matthew: The Case for Working with Your Hands: or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good. Viking (ISBN: 9780670918744), 2010.
  • Currie, Gregory: Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories. OUP Oxford (ISBN: 9780199282609), 2010.
  • D’Agostino, Fred: Naturalizing Epistemology: Thomas Kuhn and the ‘Essential Tension’. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230240995), 2009.
  • David E. Cooper (Editor), Peter S. Fosl (Editor): Philosophy: The Classic Readings. Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405145862), 2009.
  • Davis, Colin: Critical Excess: Overreading in Derrida, Deleuze, Levinas, Zizek and Cavell. Stanford University Press (ISBN: 9780804763073), 2010.
  • De Bruin, Boudewijn: Explaining Games: The Epistemic Programme in Game Theory. Springer-Verlag Gmbh (ISBN: 9781402099052), 2010.
  • De Waal, Edmund: The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance. Chatto & Windus (ISBN: 9780701184179), 2010.
  • Dennett, DC: Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness (Jean Nicod Lectures). MIT Press (ISBN: 9780262541916), 2006.
  • Derrida, J: The Beast and the Sovereign: v. 1 (Seminars of Jaques Derrida). Chicago University Press (ISBN: 9780226144283), 2009.
  • Dicken, Paul: Constructive Empiricism: Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230247536), 2010.
  • Djerassi, C: Four Jews on Parnassus – A Conversation: Benjamin, Adorno, Scholem, Schonberg. Columbia University Press (ISBN: 9780231146548), 2008.
  • Doering, E. Jane: Simone Weil and the Specter of Self-perpetuating Force. University of Notre Dame Press (ISBN: 9780268026042), 2010.
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  • Szpiro, George G.: Numbers Rule: The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to the Present. Princeton University Press (ISBN: 9780691139944), 2010.
  • Tanesini, Alessandra: Wittgenstein: A Feminist Interpretation. Polity Press (ISBN: 9780745620756), 2004.
  • Teehan, John: In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence (Blackwell Public Philosophy Series). Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405183819), 2010.
  • Teichmann, Roger: The Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe. OUP Oxford (ISBN: 9780199299331), 2008.
  • Thagard, Paul: The Brain and the Meaning of Life. Princeton University Press (ISBN: 9780691142722), 2010.
  • Travis, Charles: The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Language. Clarendon Press (ISBN: 9780198249429), 1989.
  • Travis, Charles: Thought’s Footing: A Theme in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations: A Theme in Wittgenstein’s "Philosophical Investigations". OUP Oxford (ISBN: 9780199562374), 2009.
  • Tubbs, Nigel: History of Western Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230019393), 2009.
  • Tucker, Thomas Deane: Derridada: Duchamp as Readymade Deconstruction. Lexington Books (ISBN: 9780739116234), 2010.
  • Vardoulakis, Dimitris: The Doppelganger: Literature’s Philosophy (Modern Language Initiative). Fordham University Press (ISBN: 9780823232994), 2010.
  • Vattimo, Gianni: Arts Claim to Truth (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts) (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts). Columbia University Press (ISBN: 9780231138505), 2008.
  • Vernon, Mark: The Meaning of Friendship. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230242883), 2010.
  • Vosgerau, Gottfried: Mental Representation and Self-Consciousness: From Basic Self-Representation to Self-Related Cognition. Mentis Verlag Gmbh (ISBN: 9783897856271), 2009.
  • Vossenkuhl, Wilhelm: Solipsismus und Sprachkritik: Beiträge zu Wittgenstein. Parerga Verlag Gmbh (ISBN: 9783937262451), 2009.
  • Wachtendorf, Thomas: Ethik als Mythologie Sprache und Ethik bei Ludwig Wittgenstein. parerga (ISBN: 9783937262772),  .
  • Walton, K L: Mimesis as Make Believe: On the Foundations of the Representational Arts. Harvard University Press (ISBN: 9780674576032), 1993.
  • Walton, Kendall: Marvelous Images: On Values and the Arts. OUP USA (ISBN: 9780195177954), 2008.
  • Waugh, Alexander: The House of Wittgenstein: A Family At War. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (ISBN: 9780747596738), 2009.
  • Waugh, Alexander: The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War. Anchor Books (ISBN: 9780307278722), 2010.
  • Whiting, Daniel (Editor): The Later Wittgenstein on Language (Philosophers in Depth). Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230219687), 2009.
  • Wiesing, Lambert: Artificial Presence: Philosophical Studies in Image Theory (Cultural Memory in the Present). Stanford University Press (ISBN: 9780804759410), 2010.
  • William Day (Editor), Victor J. Krebs (Editor): Seeing Wittgenstein Anew. Cambridge University Press (ISBN: 9780521547321), 2010.
  • Winfield, Richard Dien: Hegel and Mind: Rethinking Philosophical Psychology. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230241008), 2009.
  • Wittgenstein: Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics 1939: Cambridge. Chicago University Press (ISBN: 9780226904269), 1989.
  • Wolff, Michael: Abhandlung über die Prinzipien der Logik: Mit einer Rekonstruktion der Aristotelischen Syllogistik. Klostermann Vittorio Gmbh (ISBN: 9783465036395), 2009.
  • Wright, Erik Olin: Envisioning Real Utopias. Verso (ISBN: 9781844676170), 2010.
  • Wüthrich: Genesis of Feynman Diagrams. Springer (ISBN: 9789048192274), 2010.
  • Zeki, Semir: Glanz und Elend des Gehirns: Neurobiologie im Spiegel von Kunst, Musik und Literatur. Reinhardt Ernst (ISBN: 9783497021192), 2010.
  • Zeki, Semir: Splendors and Miseries of the Brain: Love, Creativity and the Quest for Human Happiness. Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405185578), 2008.
  • Handbook of Metaphysics and Ontology: Vol 1 & 2. Philosophia (ISBN: 9783884050804), 1991.
  • Parts and Moments: Studies in Logic and Formal Ontology. Philosophia (ISBN: 9783884050125), 1982.
  • The Educated Brain: Essays in Neuroeducation. Cambridge University Press (ISBN: 9780521876735), 2008.
  • Voegelin Recollected: Conversations on a Life (Eric Voegelin Institute Series in Political Philosophy): Conversations on a Life (Eric Voegelin Institute Series in Political Philosophy). University of Missouri Press (ISBN: 9780826217653), 2008.
  • Die Wiener Zeit: Aufsatze, Beitrage, Rezensionen 1926-1936. Springer-Verlag, Austria (ISBN: 9783211331149), 2007.
  • Worte waren ursprünglich Zauber: Von der Problemsprache zur Lösungssprache. Carl-Auer-Systeme (ISBN: 9783896706898), 2009.
  • Schlick, Moritz, Bd.1 : Allgemeine Erkenntnislehre. Springer, Wien (ISBN: 9783211327685), 2008.
  • Prosa oder Beweis?: Wittgensteins "berüchtigte" Bemerkungen zu Gödel. Texte und Dokumente. Parerga Verlag (ISBN: 9783937262802), 2008.
  • Themes from Nelson Goodman, From Logic to Art. ontos verlag (ISBN: 9783868380194), 2009.
  • Creativity and Its Discontents: The Response to Whitehead’s Process and Reality (Process Thought). ontos verlag (ISBN: 9783868380187), 2009.
  • Screens: Viewing Media Installation Art: 30 (Electronic Mediations). Univ of Minnesota Pr (ISBN: 9780816665228), 2010.
  • Metaphysische Freiheit: Kohärenz und Theorie. Philosophia (ISBN: 9783884050965), 2009.
  • Metaphor Analysis: Research Practice in Applied Linguistics, Social Sciences and the Humanities (Studies in Applied Linguistics). Equinox Publishing Ltd,SW11 (ISBN: 9781845534479), 2010.
  • Deleuze and Contemporary Art (Deleuze Connections). Edinburgh University Press (ISBN: 9780748638383), 2010.
  • Philosophy of Literature (Ratio Special Issues). Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781444333633), 2010.
  • The Rorty Reader (Blackwell Readers). Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN: 9781405198325), 2010.
  • Bild, Darstellung, Zeichen: Philosophische Theorien bildlicher Darstellung. Klostermann Vittorio Gmbh (ISBN: 9783465040835), 2009.
  • Farben: Betrachtungen aus Philosophie und Neurowissenschaften. Suhrkamp Verlag Kg (ISBN: 9783518294253), 2009.
  • The World is My Home: A Hamid Dabashi Reader. Transaction Publishers (ISBN: 9781412813440), 2010.
  • Other Voices: Readings in Spanish Philosophy. University of Notre Dame Press (ISBN: 9780268044190), 2010.
  • Consequences of Hermeneutics: Fifty Years After Gadamer’s Truth and Method. Northwestern University Press (ISBN: 9780810126862), 2010.
  • The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science. ISI Books (ISBN: 9781935191285), 2010.
  • One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today. Parmenides Publishing (ISBN: 9781930972322), 2010.
  • Wittgenstein After His Nachlass (History of Analytic Philosophy). Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230232662), 2010.
  • Wittgenstein: Mind, Meaning and Metaphilosophy. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230219410), 2010.
  • Hume on Is and Ought. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230205208), 2010.
  • New Waves in Truth (New Waves in Philosophy). Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230229983), 2010.
  • New Waves in Metaphysics (New Waves in Philosophy). Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230222335), 2010.
  • Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Change. Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 9780230580862), 2010.
  • The Extended Mind. MIT Press (ISBN: 9780262014038), 2010.
  • Science in the Context of Application (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science). Springer (ISBN: 9789048190508), 2010.
  • Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women’s Philosophical Thought. Springer (ISBN: 9781402068386), 2010.
  • Vertreibung, Transformation und Rückkehr der Wissenschaftstheorie: Am Beispiel von Rudolf Carnap und Wolfgang Stegmüller. Mit einem Manuskript von … des logischen Empirismus’ aus dem Nachlass. LIT (ISBN: 9783643501653), 2010.
  • Was geschah mit den Kindern?: Erfolg und Trauma junger Flüchtlinge, die von den Nationalsozialisten vertrieben wurden. Lit Verlag (ISBN: 9783825814403), 2008.
  • The Baudrillard Dictionary. Edinburgh University Press (ISBN: 9780748639212), 2010.
  • Seeing Objects: The Structure of Visual Representation. Mentis-Verlag (ISBN: 9783897857094), 2010.
  • Nicht wahr?: Sinneskanäle, Hirnwindungen und Grenzen der Wahrnehmung. Mentis Verlag Gmbh (ISBN: 9783897856721), 2009.
  • Wissen und Werte. Mentis Verlag Gmbh (ISBN: 9783897856653), 2009.
  • Wittgenstein und Schlick: Mit einer Erwiderung’ von Mathias Iven. Parerga (ISBN: 9783937262857), 2010.
  • Urteile und Sachverhalte: Ein Vergleich zwischen Alexius Meinong und Adolf Reinach. Philosophia (ISBN: 9783884050972), 2009.

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42nd International Wittgenstein Symposium 2019

41th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2018

40th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2017

39th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2016

38th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2015

37th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2014

36th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2013

35th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2012

34th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2011

33rd International Wittgenstein Symposium 2010

32nd International Wittgenstein Symposium 2009

 

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11th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2019 (Cora Diamond, James Conant, Martin Gustafsson)

10th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2018 (Juliet Floyd, Mathieu Marion)

9th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2017 (Hans Sluga and David G. Stern)

8th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2016 (Lars Hertzberg, Oskari Kuusela)

7th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2015 (Cora Diamond, James Conant)

6th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2014 (Peter Hacker, Joachim Schulte)

5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2013 (Cora Diamond, James Conant)

4th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2012 (Hans Sluga, David G. Stern)

3rd Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2011 (Peter Hacker, Joachim Schulte)

2nd Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2010 (Peter Hacker, Joachim Schulte)

1st Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School 2009 (Peter Hacker, Joachim Schulte)

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Aesthetics Today
2016 Aesthetics Today
Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics of Nature and of Arts. Proceedings of the 39th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg

 

Kanzian, Christian / Kletzl, Sebastian / Mitterer, Josef / Neges, Katharina
Realism – Relativism – Constructivism
2015 Realism Relativism Constructivism
Proceedings of the 38th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg

 

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Analytic and Continental Philosophy
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Methods and Perspectives. Proceedings of the 37th International Wittgenstein Symposium

 

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Mind, Language and Action
2013 Mind Language and Action
Proceedings of the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium

 

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Wittgenstein on Colour

 

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Ethics, Society, Politics
2012 Ethics, Society, Politics
Proceedings of the 35th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, 2012

 

Jäger, Christoph / Löffler, Winfried
Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement
2011 Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement
Proceedings of the 34th International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg, 2011

 

Voß, Henrik
Grenzen grammatischer Willkür bei Wittgenstein

 

Richard Heinrich, Elisabeth Nemeth, Wolfram Pichler, David Wagner (Eds.)
Image and Imaging in Philosophy, Science and the Arts. Volume 2
Proceedings 2010b
Proceedings of the 33rd International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium in Kirchberg, 2010

 

Richard Heinrich, Elisabeth Nemeth, Wolfram Pichler, David Wagner (Eds.)
Image and Imaging in Philosophy, Science and the Arts. Volume 1
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Proceedings of the 33rd International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium in Kirchberg, 2010

 

Volker Munz / Klaus Puhl / Joseph Wang (Eds.)
Language and World. Part Two
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Signs, Minds and Actions

 

Volker Munz / Klaus Puhl / Joseph Wang (Eds.)
Language and World. Part One
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Essays on the Philosophy of Wittgenstein

 

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Wittgenstein über das Verstehen
Wittgenstein über das Verstehen

 

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Reduction
Reduction
Between the Mind and the Brain

 

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Reduction – Abstraction – Analysis
Reduction Abstraction Analysis
Proceedings of the 31th International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium in Kirchberg, 2008

 

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Sense and Reality
Sense and Reality
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Wittgensteins Sprachphilosophie in den „Philosophischen Untersuchungen“
Wittgensteins Sprachphilosophie
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„Wir hofften, jedes Jahr noch ein weiteres Symposium machen zu können“
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Phenomenology as Grammar
Phenomenology as Grammar

 

Herbert Hrachove /, Alois Pichler (Eds.)
Philosophy of the Information Society
2007 Philosophy of the information Society
Proceedings of the 30th International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium in Kirchberg 2007

 

Alois Pichler / Herbert Hrachovec (Eds.)
Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Information
Wittgenstein the philosopher and his work
Proceedings of the 30th International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium in Kirchberg, 2007

 

Christian Kanzian / Muhammad Legenhausen (Eds.)
Substance and Attribute
Substance and Attribute

 

Georg Gasser (Ed.)
How Successful is Naturalism?
How Successful is Naturalism

 

Christian Kanzian / Edmund Runggaldier (Eds.)
Cultures. Conflict – Analysis – Dialogue
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Alois Pichler / Simo Säätelä (Eds.)
Wittgenstein : The Philosopher and his Works
Wittgenstein : The Philosopher and his Works
Proceedings of the 29th International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium in Kirchberg, Austria 2006.

 

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Time and History

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Proceedings of the 28. International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria 2005

 

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From 1978 to 2005 Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, later: oebv-hpt, Vienna, published the Schriftenreihe der Wittgenstein Gesellschaft. During those years 34 volumes appeared, most of them are still available at the ALWS-office in Kirchberg.

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Since 1993, the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society itself has published an additional book series, Contributions of the Austrian Wittgenstein Society/Beiträge der Österreichischen Wittgenstein Gesellschaft. They contain the contributed (& refereed & accepted) papers of the Wittgenstein Symposia and are published as “Papers” at the beginning of each Symposium. They may be purchased from the society. Please note that some of the older volumes are sold out.

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Wittgenstein Landscape

Landscapes, or: “Life is nowhere easy.”

 

“Life is nowhere easy.” – In July 1923, Wittgenstein wrote this sentence to his friend, the high-school teacher Ludwig Hänsel (1886–1959).

If we imagine Ludwig Wittgenstein in an actual landscape, three sceneries immediately come to mind: First, the Norwegian Sognefjord with its rivers and rivulets – where Wittgenstein built himself a wooden house on the steep banks of the Eidsvatnet lake. Second, the lonesome shores of Ireland. And third, the “Bucklige Welt”, the area in Lower Austria where from 1920 onwards he spent six years as a primary school teacher in the towns of Trattenbach, Puchberg and Otterthal, a region he already knew from his childhood, since his parents owned a massive hunting lodge on the Hochreith near St. Aegyd.

John Donne‘s well-known Meditation XVII begins with the words “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main”. If we read about Wittgenstein’s life as a primary school teacher in the hills of southern Lower Austria, we get the impression that to his peers he must have seemed like someone who aims at becoming an island in Donne’s sense.

His colleagues and neighbours certainly experienced him as such: a nobleman amongst the poor, an academic among farmers and workers, one, who never spoke in dialect, never frequented the local inn and seldom ever went to Sunday mass. An oddball who did not dress like a teacher, who did not greet on the street … – in short, a strange fellow who made “a curious impression” as Johanna Berger, a contemporary witness, remarked.

One common opinion holds that the places Wittgenstein had graced with his genius loci should be approached like a pilgrimage to saintly hermit’s home. “Hiking with Wittgenstein”, “Ludwig Wittgenstein: from Genius to primary-school teacher”, “Askesis in the South of Lower Austria”, “Wittgenstein-Cult in Trattenbach”, “The philosopher’s washbasin” (another myth: Wittgenstein never used it), “Perhaps you’ll have some time to philosophise in your holidays?” and “From Wittgenstein to summer toboggan run” are but a few titles of articles one comes across. And in the first, now out-of-print, edition of a documentary on Wittgenstein in Kirchberg am Wechsel one could find “documents from the life of a brilliant, lonesome man”.

What makes this landscape a “Wittgenstein-landscape”?

(Text by Elisabeth Leinfellner, from „Ludwig Wittgenstein“ – Ein Volksschullehrer in Niederösterreich”, translated by David Wagner.)
(Photo: View of the Hochwechsel | © Christian Kremsl)

His Life – His Work

Wittgenstein was born on April 26, 1889 in Vienna, Austria, to a wealthy industrial family, well-situated in intellectual and cultural Viennese circles.

In 1908 he began his studies in aeronautical engineering at Manchester University where his interest in the philosophy of pure mathematics led him to Gottlob Frege. Upon Frege’s advice, in 1911 he went to Cambridge to study with Bertrand Russell. Russell wrote, upon meeting Wittgenstein: “An unknown German appeared […] obstinate and perverse, but I think not stupid” (quoted by Monk 1990: 38f). Within one year, Russell was committed: “I shall certainly encourage him. Perhaps he will do great things […] I love him and feel he will solve the problems I am too old to solve” (quoted by Monk 1990: 41).

Russell’s insight was accurate. Wittgenstein was idiosyncratic in his habits and way of life, yet profoundly acute in his philosophical sensitivity.

During his years in Cambridge, from 1911 to 1913, Wittgenstein conducted several conversations on philosophy and the foundations of logic with Russell, with whom he had an emotional and intense relationship, as well as with Moore and Keynes. He retreated to isolation in Norway, for months at a time, in order to ponder these philosophical problems and to work out their solutions. In 1913 he returned to Austria and in 1914, at the start of World War I (1914–1918), joined the Austrian army. He was taken captive in 1918 and spent the remaining months of the war at a prison camp. It was during the war that he wrote the notes and drafts of his first important work, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. After the war the book was published in German and translated into English.

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1914: Ludwig Wittgenstein and his family in Neuwaldegg (Vienna), Ludwig sits to the right next to his sister Margarethe.

 

In 1920 Wittgenstein, now divorced from philosophy (having, to his mind, solved all philosophical problems in the Tractatus), gave away his part of his family’s fortune and pursued several ‘professions’ (gardener, teacher, architect, etc.) in and around Vienna.

It was only in 1929 that he returned to Cambridge to resume his philosophical vocation, after having been exposed to discussions on the philosophy of mathematics and science with members of the Vienna Circle, whose conception of logical empiricism was indebted to his Tractatus’ account of logic as tautologous, and his philosophy as concerned with logical syntax. During these first years in Cambridge his conception of philosophy and its problems underwent dramatic changes that are recorded in several volumes of conversations, lecture notes, and letters (e.g., Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, The Blue and Brown Books, Philosophical Grammar). Sometimes termed the ‘middle Wittgenstein’, this period heralds a rejection of dogmatic philosophy, including both traditional works and the Tractatus itself.

In the 1930s and 1940s Wittgenstein conducted seminars at Cambridge, developing most of the ideas that he intended to publish in his second book, Philosophical Investigations. These included the turn from formal logic to ordinary language, novel reflections on psychology and mathematics, and a general skepticism concerning philosophy’s pretensions.

In 1945 he prepared the final manuscript of the Philosophical Investigations, but, at the last minute, withdrew it from publication (and only authorized its posthumous publication). For a few more years he continued his philosophical work, but this is marked by a rich development of, rather than a turn away from, his second phase. He travelled during this period to the United States and Ireland, and returned to Cambridge, where he was diagnosed with cancer. Legend has it that, at his death in 1951, his last words were “Tell them I’ve had a wonderful life” (Monk: 579).

 

All references in this text are to: Monk, Ray, 1990, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, New York: Macmillan.
Source of this Biographical Sketch: Biletzki, Anat and Matar, Anat, “Ludwig Wittgenstein”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2018 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2018/entries/wittgenstein/>.