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The 9th NWS Conference

Ethics: Form and Content

Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic

May 26-27, 2018

A conference co-organized by the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value and The Nordic Wittgenstein Society. This conference is the 9th annual conference of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society.

Keynote Speakers:

Andrew Klevan (University of Oxford, UK)
Toril Moi (Duke University, USA)
Dawn M. Wilson (University of Hull, UK)

About the conference

This two-day conference will focus on questions about the relationship between form and content in ethical reflection. It will address a number of questions about the relation between ethics (or philosophy) and literature, photography, film, and arts. For example: In what respect does ethical reflection depend on the form in which it is investigated? What are the differences between ethical reflections conducted in theoretical forms of discourse, such as abstract theorizing and various forms of analyses, and ethical forms of investigations and reflections that take the shape of, say, a novel, a film or any other art form? Can the same moral concerns be investigated in different media and reach the same conclusions? And if not, what would that mean? Aside from addressing the particular manifestations of ethical content, what are the ethics of evaluating artistic form?

This event is co-organized by the Nordic Wittgenstein Society, and our intention is to bring together thinkers who address these kinds of topics and are inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s work and/or may be said to work in his aftermath in some sense.


In the days after the conference, May 28 –30, the Centre for Ethics hosts a three-day Intensive Seminar with professor Toril Moi entitled FORM AND FORMALISM IN LITERARY STUDIES . Over the course of three days, we will discuss,
1. Wittgenstein and literary studies;
2. Beyond formalism? Form in literary studies;
3. Reading My Struggle.
Conference participants are welcome to stay for that event as well. Attendance is free, but please register in advance since seating is limited, and so that we can distribute reading instructions etc. in advance.

For more information, contact niklas.forsberg@upce.cz.

Tidigare konferenser - Past conferences

The 8th NWS Conference: What's wrong (and what's right) with Ordinary Language Philosophy?
Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, May 5-6, 2017
Details archived here.

The 7th Symposium of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society: Wittgenstein and Pragmatism
University of Helsinki, Finland, June 16-17, 2016

The 6th Symposium of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society: Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Mind & Naturalism
University of Bergen, Norway, June 12-13, 2015
Details archived here.

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.