Konferenser - Conferences


The 5th Symposium of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society Wittgenstein and Phenomenology

University of Stavanger, Norway

May 30-31, 2014

The aim of the symposium is to throw light on the relatively underexplored relations between Wittgenstein's philosophy and the phenomenological tradition. There are a number of interesting points of contacts between the two, consideration of which may contribute to a deeper understanding of each. Not only did Wittgenstein in his middle period see the need for what he called a phenomenology and a phenomenological language, but with its anti-scientistic, anti-speculative and descriptive orientation, his philosophy in general also exhibits several traits characteristic of the phenomenological tradition. An important benefit of gaining a better grasp of these and other convergences is a clearer view of the divergences, and, thereby, of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches. Relevant questions include: What is the nature and role of the phenomenology that Wittgenstein conceived in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and how does this conception compare to conceptions of phenomenology in the phenomenological tradition? May Wittgenstein's methodological approach in his later philosophy be characterized as phenomenological, in a sense at least partly explicable by reference to traditional forms of phenomenology? How does Wittgenstein's view of logic relate to views of logic within the phenomenological tradition? To what extent, if any, does the later Wittgenstein’s emphasis on practices and lifeforms show affinities to the praxis-orientation of phenomenologists like Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty?

Keynote speakers: Kevin Cahill (University of Bergen), Juliet Floyd (Boston University) and Søren Overgaard (University of Copenhagen)

Organizers: The symposium is organized by the Nordic Wittgenstein Society, in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger, and the University of Stavanger Research Area Conditions of Normativity. The organizing committee consists of Cato Wittusen (cato.wittusen@uis.no) and Tarjei Mandt Larsen (tarjei.m.larsen@uis.no), both of the University of Stavanger.

Submission: Presentations will be 25 minutes, Q&A not included. An abstract of maximum 500 words must be sent to Cato Wittusen (cato.wittusen@uis.no) by March 1. Please include information about your affiliation in your communication. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be given by March 21.

Tidigare konferenser - Past conferences

The 4th symposium of the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Society. The 4th symposium of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society:
The Contemporary Significance of Ordinary Language Philosophy Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, May 24-25, 2013
Details archived here.

The 3rd NWS Conference: Wittgenstein, the Philosophy of Education and the Education of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, Education and the Studies of Religion University of Southern Denmark, Odense June 8-9, 2012
Details archived here.

The 2nd NWS Conference: Culture and Context
Department of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland May 19, 2011
Details archived here.

The 1st NWS Conference: Language, Ethics and Animal Life
Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University, Sweden March 26-28, 2010
Details archived here.