Philosophy, Literature, America: May 30-31, Dublin (conference

“The American Voice in Philosophy” (Principle Investigators, Professor Maria Baghramian, Dr. Aine Mahon, Dr. Sarin Marchetti, and Fergal McHugh) is in it third phase. Many thanks to Dr. Marchetti for sending along the poster for the associated upcoming conference. Click [here] to read more about their project.

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Hugo Clémot, La philosophie d’après le cinéma. Une lecture de La Projection du monde de Stanley Cavell

Presses Universitaires de Rennes has just published Hugo Clémot’s La philosophie d’après le cinéma. Une lecture de la projection du monde de Stanley Cavell, a book that proposes a close reading of Cavell’s The World Viewed.

The table of contents (in French) is below, as well as a link to the introduction, available on the publisher’s website:


  • « Une autobiographie de compagnons »
  • « Vues et sons »
  • « Photographie et écran »
  • « Le public, l’acteur et la star »
  • « Types ; les Cycles constituent des Genres »
  • « Des idées sur l’origine »
  • « Baudelaire et les mythes du cinéma »
  • « Le Militaire et la Femme »
  • « Le Dandy »
  • « La fin des mythes »
  • « Le Médium et les Médias du cinéma »
  • « Le monde comme mortel : l’âge absolu et la jeunesse »
  • « Le monde comme totalité : la couleur »
  • « L’automatisme »
  • « Digression sur un aspect de la peinture moderniste »
  • « La monstration (exhibition) et l’autoréférence »
  • « La caméra sous-entendue (The Camera’s Implication) »
  • « Les affirmations de certaines techniques »
  • « Reconnaître le silence »

37th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2014 Call for Papers

Analytical and Continental Philosophy: Methods and Perspectives

Kirchberg am Wechsel, 10 – 16 of August 2014

Scientific Organizers:
Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl & Harald A. Wiltsche (KFU Graz)

Deadline for paper submission: 22 May 2014.

1. Wittgenstein
2. Models of Objectivity and Current Challenges to Reasons’ Authority
3. Fact and Value
4. Intuitionism and Its Discontents
5. Embodied and Embedded: Naturalizing and Socializing the Mind
6. Metaphilosophy: Varieties of Philosophical Inquiry

Invited Speakers
Marcia Baron (Indiana University)
Kathi Beier (Vienna)
Michel Bitbol (Paris)
Thiemo Breyer (Heidelberg)
James Robert Brown (Toronto)
Christine Chwaszcza (Cologne)
Sabine Döring (Tübingen)
Guillaume Frechette (Salzburg)
Thomas Fuchs (Heidelberg)
Steve Fuller (Warwick)
Peter Hacker (Oxford)
Robert Hanna (Boulder)
Walter Hopp (Boston)
Hanne Jacobs (Chicago)
Martin Kusch (Vienna)
Charles Larmore (Brown University)
Dieter Lohmar (Cologne)
Verena Mayer (Munich)
James McGuirk (Bodø)
Uwe Meixner (Augsburg)
Karl Mertens (Würzburg)
Roberta De Monticelli (San Raffaele)
Alva Noë (Berkeley)
Søren Overgaard (Copenhagen)
Inga Römer (Wuppertal)
Joachim Schulte (Zurich)
Alessandro Salice (Copenhagen)
Hans Bernhard Schmid (Vienna)
Charles Siewert (Houston)
Jan Slaby (Berlin)
Thorsten Streubel (Berlin)
Michela Summa (Heidelberg)
Thomas Szanto (Vienna)
Christian Wenzel (Taipei)
Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen)
Robert H. Ziegler (Würzburg)


A new issue of the Nordic Wittgenstein Review will be published in June 2014.



Note from the Editors
Yrsa Neuman, Martin Gustafsson, Lars Hertzberg


Reasons for Action: Wittgensteinian and Davidsonian perspectives in historical, meta-philosophical and philosophical context
Hans-Johann Glock


Trust in Conversation
David Cockburn
“Meaning is Use” and Wittgenstein’s Treatment of Philosophical Problems
Stefan Giesewetter
The Trouble with Harry
Don S. Levi
Wittgenstein’s Critical Physiognomy
Daniel Kirwan Wack


A Passport Photo of Two: On an Allusion in the Pictures of Wittgenstein and von Wright in Cambridge
Christian Eric Erbacher, Bernt Österman
The Wittgenstein Collection of the Austrian National Library
Alfred Schmidt


Fact and Fiction – Ludwig Wittgenstein. Ein biographisches Album (2012) by Michael Nedo
Dinda L. Gorlée

ISSN: 2242-248X

Call for Papers: Issue 2 of Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies

Amir Khan, together with Sérgio Dias Branco one of the two managing editors of Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies, has written us to announce a call for papers for the journal’s second issue.

The topic of this issue is Cavell and History. You can read about the topic below. To read more about the journal, you can visit its website here. You can read its first issue here.

Call for Papers: Cavell and History

Whatever one makes of Cavell’s writings, one can hardly say they are historical. We are told, for example, America’s military entanglement weighs in on his thoughts in “Disowning Knowledge,” but what exactly has King Lear to do with Vietnam? Does the essay require, or deserve, proper historicizing? Would such an exercise be to the benefit of Cavellian study, or to its detriment?

Moreover, Cavell himself explicitly, if still somewhat coyly, historicizes his skeptical argument in his introduction to his collection of essays on Shakespeare. Coy, because Cavell is hardly interested in employing a “professional” historical methodology. When he discusses the “advent of skepticism,” as, historically speaking, marking the appearance of Shakespeare, Descartes, and the New Science, he notes also that, fictionally speaking, the Roman world of Shakespeare, as depicted in Antony and Cleopatra, is “haunted by the event of Christianity.” Do competing threads of Romanization, Christianization, the advent of skepticism, the New Science, and, say, Renaissance theatre require sorting out?

Lastly, in discussing the appearance of what he coins the seven comedies of remarriage in Pursuits of Happiness, he expressly denies a cause-and-effect relationship leading to the appearance of this new genre:

My thought is that the genre emerges full-blown, in a particular instance first (or a set of them if they are simultaneous), and then works out its internal consequences in further instances. So that, as I would like to put it, it has no history, only a birth and a logic (or a biology). (27-28)

Once again, we accept submissions from all theoretical perspectives and disciplines and encourage attempts to assimilate seemingly disparate disciplinary areas of Cavell’s thinking. For the second issue of Conversations, the editors welcome papers that engage with Cavell’s different, perhaps undecided or indecisive, views on history and historicization. Possible paper topics include:

- historicizing Cavell
– the use of Cavell in broader philosophical discourse – philosophizing history
– historicizing philosophy
– the authority of history versus the authority of self
– the influence of Marx on Cavell’s thought
– the influence of Heidegger on Cavell’s thought
– the influence of Hegel on Cavell’s thought

Papers should be no more than 6000 words, including footnotes, and must follow the notes and bibliography citation system described in The Chicago Manual of Style. We also welcome shorter, more intimate pieces addressing specific questions (800-1200 words). Complete articles should be sent by July 31st, 2014 to 

Publications by Benjamin Mangrum & Alois Pichler

Hi Folks,

A couple of papers in the latest issue of Philosophy and Literature (Volume 37, Number 2, October 2013) that might be of interest to some of you.

Benjamin Mangrum, “Accounting for The Road: Tragedy, Courage, and Cavell’s Acknowledgment,” pp. 267-290.


The nameless father of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is repeatedly faced with the difficulty of having to account for a world left desolate after a global catastrophe. The father remains committed to such a world even though it is rife with cannibalism and violence. Yet how can he account for this existence to his son? Why pass on such a way of life? I enlist the ordinary language philosophy of Wittgenstein and Cavell in an effort to account for the father’s commitment. I employ the categories of tragedy, courage, and Cavell’s notion of acknowledgment to understand the novel’s unsettling vision.

Alois Pichler, “Reflections on a Prominent Argument in the Wittgenstein Debate,” pp. 435-450.


Does the way authors treat their own works tell us something about how these works are to be understood? Not necessarily. But then a standard argument against the “New Wittgenstein” comes under question. The argument is: the undogmatic interpretation of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus cannot be correct, since Wittgenstein himself later treats it as a work that holds certain positions. My response is: the argument is only correct if the answer to four specific questions is “yes.” The main purpose of the paper is to bring issues of philosophical authorship more into focus within Wittgensteinian interpretation.


Michel Foucault, Stanley Cavell: Marriage, Sexuality, Politics: A seminar with Frédéric Gros and Daniele Lorenzini @ Université Paris-Est Créteil.

Hi Folks,

This is coming a little late, but it’s just been brought to my attention. If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris on April 2nd, and happen to find yourself with some free time, check out the latest entry in the ongoing seminar, “Actualités Foucault.” Tomorrow’s discussion will be between Frédéric Gros and Daniele Lorenzini. Details here: