On Friday, December 6, we will join the Department of Philosophy’s Graduate Research conference to host Nic Koziolek, who will give his paper “Judgement, Belief, and the Psychological Principle of  Non-Contradiction”. Please note the change in time and place: Nic’s talk will take place from 2:40-3:55, at Classics 110.

You may want to attend the entire conference, starting at 10:30, with a talk by David Holiday (“Moral Incapacity: When Can’t Means Can’t”), and continues at 1pm, with Silver Bronzo (“Understanding the Context Principle”). On Saturday, December 7, the conference continues at 10am with Mark Hopwood (“‘Only Connect’: Contingency, Identity, and Love”) and at 11:45, with Joe Lubenow (“Eligibility for Human Rights”).


Gilad Nir Nov 22 poster final.001On Friday, November 22, we will hear and discuss Gilad Nir’s paper, “Rethinking the Logic of Duality: Truth, Inference and the Constants in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. We will read through the entire paper in our meeting.

We meet at our regular location and time, Wieboldt 408, 1:30-4:30. Reception to follow at the Anscombe Library.


This Friday we will host our very own Silver Bronzo. Silver will read and discuss his paper “Understanding the Context Principle”. We meet at the regular place and time: Wieboldt 408 at 1:30pm. There will be a reception to follow at the Philosophy Department’s Anscombe library.

Cora Diamond Nov 1 2013 -10th try copyOn Friday, November 1, we will be hosting Cora Diamond (UVA). A longer version of Prof. Diamond’s paper, “Wittgenstein, Anscombe, and What Can Only Be True”, is available on this password protected page. If you do not have the password, please email giladnir at uchicago dot edu . At our meeting, Prof. Diamond will read a shortened version of this paper.

Next Friday, Oct 18, we host Ed Dain (Providence College) to discuss his paper, ”Eliminating Ethics: Wittgenstein, Ethics and the Limits of Sense “. We will meet at Wieboldt 408, 1:30-4:30. Reception to follow.

This Friday, our very own Andy Werner will discuss his paper, McDowell on Animality, Mere and Rational: Motivating an Interest in the Method of Hegel’s Logic. The paper may be found here. In the meeting, Andy will only read a summary of sections 2-3.

The meeting will take place at Wieboldt 408, at 1:30pm.


This should be of interest to all of us – the schedule may be found here.

Welcome to the 2013-2014 Wittgenstein Workshop. Our schedule for the year is still under construction, but you can get a pick at the tentative version here.

2013-2014 is going to be a very busy year for us, with more than 10 guest speakers and 6 student presentations. We will also join two philosophy conferences in the Winter quarter: on Eli Friedlander’s book on Walter Benjamin, and on Sellars’s reading of Kant. See the schedule page for more details.

Friday, June 7

Matt Teichman (University of Chicago, graduate student)
“Which movie genre are you?”
Cobb 430

The paper will not be distributed in advance.


We give the same label—“film genre” —to what are two distinct notions. One might be called “historical genre,” the kind of category that critics use to designate movements in the history of filmmaking, and the other might be called “industrial genre,” or the kind of category that the film industry uses to classify its products in accordance with the needs of various consumer populations. This paper focuses its attentions on developing a definition of industrial genre, departing from the assumption that a film’s genre in either sense is best conceived as a cause of its style and that it is a mistake to confound the two. A historical genre, such as surrealism, should be understood not as the confluence of certain stylistic traits but as a historically grounded discursive community responsible for having produced a body of artifacts. The defining characteristic of industrial genres, on the other hand, is that they serve as building blocks out of which the consumer may construct her identity. It is only because consumer culture formulates its notion of identity in terms of taste—and because identities come with desirable or undesirable stereotypical baggage—that industrial genres are able to carry out their function.

Friday, May 31

Marko Malink (University of Chicago)
“Bolzano’s Reception of Aristotle’s Logic”
Cobb 430

(Joint meeting with the German Philosophy Workshop.)

The paper will not be distributed in advance.

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