Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wittgenstein's lectures, 1932-33

Somehow these lecture notes had escaped my attention until recently, and here they are online. Just thought I'd share for anyone else in the same boat.

Some of Wittgenstein's ideas around this time (about the meaning of 'good') strike me as interestingly similar to, though not the same as, some of A. E. Taylor's. And it turns out that similarities between Taylor and Wittgenstein have been noted before (here and here, for instance). The whole blog (OMBHURBHUVA) looks worth reading.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Nordic Wittgenstein Review

[Apologies for the bad links. They should all now be fixed.]


Yrsa Neuman, Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen, Martin Gustafsson     5-6

On the Origin of Symbolic Mathematics and Its Significance for Wittgenstein’s Thought
Sören Stenlund     7-92

Aspect-Perception as a Philosophical Method
Reshef Agam-Segal     93-121

Perceptual Experience and Seeing-as
Daniel Enrique Kalpokas     123-144

Wittgenstein on Vaihinger and Frazer
Carlos Alves Pereira     145-165

Does Wittgenstein have a Method? The Challenges of Conant and Schulte
Sebastian Wyss     167-193

The First Nine Months of Editing Wittgenstein - Letters from G.E.M. Anscombe and Rush Rhees to G.H. von Wright
Christian Eric Erbacher, Sophia Victoria Krebs     195-231

Wittgenstein and Logic Today: The Logical Must by Penelope Maddy
Oskari Kuusela     233-236

Beyond the Inner-Outer Model: Subjectivity after Wittgenstein by Chantal Bax
Olli Lagerspetz     237-240

The Nachlass Self-contained: The Textual Genesis of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations by Nuno Venturinha
Marcos Silva     241-245

Imagination and Calculus: Wittgenstein’s Later Theory of Meaning by Hans Julius Schneider
Martijn Wallage     246-248



Nordic Wittgenstein Review welcomes original contributions on all aspects of Ludwig Wittgenstein's thought and work - exegetical studies as well as papers drawing on Wittgensteinian themes and ideas in contemporary discussions of philosophical problems.

The journal is interdisciplinary in character, and welcomes contributions in the subject areas of philosophy and other human and social studies including philology, linguistics, cognitive science, and others. The journal includes an invited paper, an articles section, a section in which high-quality seminal works are re-published or where previously unpublished archival materials are made available for the first time, as well as a book review section.

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Publication: Nordic Wittgenstein Review, Vol 5, No 1  (2016)
Submission deadline: August 31, 2015 (Publication June 2016)
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Peer-review: Yes; double-blind, and Preprint Open Review of accepted papers 1 month
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An interview with Stephen Mulhall


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wittgensteinian approaches to moral philosophy

This conference looks very good. The link takes you to abstracts of nearly all the papers, which are likely to be of interest to regular readers of this blog.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus

Last week I received the following in an email from the American Philosophical Association:

Marek Derewiecki, a leading philosophy book publisher in Poland, has just released a new book: W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz, Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus.

W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz’s Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus, both inspired by and critical of, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, is a work of political philosophy that aims to establish the principles of the good state and a happy society, and to open up new directions for the future development of humankind.

The book is simultaneously published in two languages (Polish/English). The Polish text is used alongside the English. Like Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Korab-Karpowicz’s Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus is written in short, numbered paragraphs. It is concluded by Seven Principles of a Happy Society.

The book can be ordered through or directly from the publisher. Free copies of the book are available to APA members who would consider it for review.

The author of the Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus, W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz has received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford and is currently Professor at Lazarski University in Warsaw and at Zayed University in Dubai. He is the author of five books. He now intends to publish his Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus in the US entirely in English.
A few pages of the book are available in English translation online for free. I like the idea of thinking about how society should be arranged, but this is strange stuff. The Wittgenstein connection in these pages (from remarks in the 10s, so presumably late in the book) seems to consist solely of the book's being composed of numbered propositions presented with little argument. That's it as far as I can see.

And it's not easy to understand without elaboration. According to 10.252 citizens should not be reduced to a hired workforce, but by 10.25 there should be some large private enterprises. Presumably these will have hired workers. So some citizens will be reduced to a hired workforce. There will be free access to capital (10.26), provided by whom? And "no great differences in wealth" (10. 27), ensured by what?

The idea is not a socialist paradise. The economy is to be based on private entrepreneurship. There will be a draft (10. 67) and, if there are "significant cultural differences in a country" resulting in conflict (how much conflict?), then either "the more tolerant civilization" will dominate the others or else there will be "equal subjection of all to a dictatorship" (10.752). After all (10.753): "A dictatorship that is tolerant of cultural diversity, or an authoritarian government whose purpose is to ensure social peace, is a better regime than an illusory democracy riven by civilizational conflict that ends in civil war."

I think I'll pass.      

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Some poems by Rabindranath Tagore:
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.
Is it beyond thee to be glad with the gladness of this rhythm? to be tossed and lost and broken in the whirl of this fearful joy?
All things rush on, they stop not, they look not behind, no power can hold them back, they rush on.
Keeping steps with that restless, rapid music, seasons come dancing and pass away---colours, tunes, and perfumes pour in endless cascades in the abounding joy that scatters and gives up and dies every moment.
When I go from hence let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable.
I have tasted of the hidden honey of this lotus that expands on the ocean of light, and thus am I blessed---let this be my parting word.
In this playhouse of infinite forms I have had my play and here have I caught sight of him that is formless.
My whole body and my limbs have thrilled with his touch who is beyond touch; and if the end comes here, let it come---let this be my parting word.