Konferenser - Conferences


The 6th NWS Conference

Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Mind & Naturalism

University of Bergen, Norway

June 12-13, 2015

It has become a commonplace to say that Wittgenstein was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. While substantial numbers of articles and monographs on Wittgenstein continue to be produced, however, his thought (or Wittgensteinian philosophy more broadly) often seems absent from philosophical debates where the agenda has been set by various forms of scientific naturalism, especially in the philosophy of mind. This conference, “Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Mind & Naturalism” will bring together both leading thinkers and younger philosophers with the aim of remedying this situation by exploring the interface between Wittgenstein’s philosophy and central topics in contemporary philosophy of mind. Confirmed invited speakers are Charles Travis (Porto), Julia Tanney (Kent), Paul Snowdon (UCL), Bill Child (Oxford), Bjørn Ramberg (Oslo), Sandra Laugier (Paris), and David Finkelstein (Chicago), and Jonathan Knowles (NTNU Trondheim).

Those interested in presenting a paper should submit their complete draft to the address provided below by January 5, 2015. Papers should take no longer than 30 minutes to present. The word limit is 4000.

All submissions pertinent to the main theme of the conference are welcome. Especially welcome are papers exploring the relation between Wittgenstein’s work and contemporary debates concerning the following topics:

Phenomenal properties and/or phenomenal concepts
Computational theories of mind and/or the “Language of Thought”
Metaphysical Reduction and Fundamentality/Grounding
Ethical Naturalism
Naturalized Epistemology
Knowing-how vs. Knowing-that
Recent trends in Cognitive science & Neuroscience
Perceptual experience
Propositional attitudes
Attempts to Naturalize intentionality
Realism, Anti-Realism and “Quasi-Realism”
Recent “Neo-pragmatist” approaches to linguistic and/or mental content

While exegetical discussions are welcome as a subordinate part of an overall argument, the focus of the papers should not be exegetical per se, since a primary aim of the conference is to facilitate contact between diverse philosophical viewpoints rather than to explicate Wittgenstein’s work. In this vein, the organizers wish to underline that there is no presumption that presentations take any particular philosophical position regarding Wittgenstein’s philosophy, Naturalism, or Philosophy of Mind. Critical perspectives are most welcome!

The organizers intend to publish the invited papers as an anthology. Selected accepted papers will also be considered for inclusion in this volume.

The principal organizers are Kevin Cahill (Bergen) and Thomas Raleigh (NTNU Trondheim).

Dates and location for the conference are June 12-13, 2015 in Bergen, Norway.

The submission deadline is January 5, 2015.

For those whose paper is accepted, the cost of conference fees, lunch for two days, and the conference dinner will be covered.

Accommodations and travel must be covered by participants themselves.

Please direct submissions and inquiries to thomas.raleigh@ntnu.no

Tidigare konferenser - Past conferences

The 5th Symposium of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society: Wittgenstein and Phenomenology University of Stavanger, Norway May 30-31, 2014
Details archived here.

The 4th symposium of the International Ludwig 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.