A selection of recent and upcoming events. For more information, please visit the ‘Events’ section on the ‘Calendar’ page.

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For an updated list of guest lectures and seminars at the Wittgenstein Archives Bergen (WAB) please visit http://wab.uib.no/wab_goingon.page

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 reading group on Cambridge Pragmatism: From Peirce and James to Ramsey and Wittgenstein by Cheryl Misak.
We plan to meet in person, if possible, twice a month. If interested to join, please email sba011@uib.no for updated info.

Wittgenstein: Naturalism and Necessity

Dept. of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Nov. 21-22, 2019. Co-organizers: Sorin Bangu, Kevin Cahill. Invited speakers: Bill Child (Oxford), Annalisa Coliva (UC Irvine), Oskari Kuusela (East Anglia), Juliet Floyd (Boston), Alexander George (Amherst), Severin Schroeder (Reading). The first workshop in the NFR funded project 'Mathematics with a Human Face'.

Wittgenstein in the 21st Century

Co-Organizers: Hans Sluga (UC Berkeley); Kevin Cahill, Sorin Bangu (University of Bergen). At the Dept. of Philosophy, U.C. Berkeley, April 5-6, 2019.

Special Seminar. Mark Steiner (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem): “Wittgenstein vs. Turing on consistency and contradictions in mathematics”

Dept. of Philosophy, Univ. of Bergen. 17 Oct. 2018 Organizers: Sorin Bangu, Alois Pichler, Simo Säätelä.

Graduate research seminar: “Wittgenstein on the Other Minds Problem”

Speaker: Jasmin Trächtler (PhD candidate, Univ. of Bergen) 20 Sept. 2018.

Wittgenstein In / On Translation

Workshop co-organized by Alois Pichler and Paulo Oliveira. The Norwegian-Brazilian SPIRE University of Bergen, Philosophy Department. June 25.-27. 2017

Nordic Wittgenstein Society Conference: Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Mind, and Naturalism

Organizers: Kevin Cahill, Thomas Raleigh (NTNU). 12 June 2015. Invited Speakers include Charles Travis (Kings), Paul Snowden (UCL), Julia Tanney (Kent), William Child (Oxford), David Finkelstein (Chicago), Dorit Bar-On (Connecticut).

Special Seminars. Peter Hacker (Oxford): "Philosophy and neuroscience" (1 Sept. 2014), "The nature of consciousness" (2 Sept. 2014)

Organizer: Alois Pichler.

Special Seminar. Allan Janik (Innsbruck): “The Philosophical Importance of Wittgenstein's War Experiences”

Organizer: Alois Pichler, 28 April 2014.

Wittgenstein and the Creativity of Language

Workshop organizers: Jakub Mácha (guest researcher at WAB) and Sebastian Greve (Birkbeck, University of London). 14 June 2013.

Special Seminar. Hans Sluga (UC Berkeley): " 'What has history to do with me?' Wittgenstein and history"

Organizer: Kevin Cahill, 7 May 2013.


Other previous activities

December 2, 2013
Kevin Cahill gave a talk with the title «Wittgenstein’s Paganism» December 2, 2013 at the conference «Wittgenstein and Anglo American Philosophy: The Case of Normative Inquiry”.  The conference was organized by the Center for British Studies, University of California, Berkeley.


November 8, 2013
Kevin Cahill presented a paper «Naturalism and the Friends of Understanding» at the Institute Seminar, November 8, 2013. This paper is forthcoming in the journal Philosophy of the Social Sciences and is now online at the journal’s webpage.


Thursday, 25th April, 2013
Christian Erbacher
, "Wittgenstein's Heirs: R. Rhees, G.H. von Wright and G.E.M. Anscombe as Students, Colleagues and Friends of Ludwig Wittgenstein"

Erbacher, post.doc. in the department, shared preliminary results from his NFR FRIPRO-supported research project "Shaping a Domain of Knowledge by Editorial Processing: The Case of Editing Wittgenstein's Work".


"Scholars approach Wittgenstein's Nachlass from several angles such as philosophy, philology, text-encoding or digital humanities. Largely unexplored remains the fascinating human story in the editorial history of the Wittgenstein papers. The three philosophers Rush Rhees, Georg Henrik von Wright and Elizabeth Anscombe devoted a significant part of their lifetime to fulfil Wittgenstein's wish to publish from his writings what they thought fit. Their reasons and motives for deciding what and how to edit and the significance they attached to their editions show what philosophical inheritance may mean in a full sense of the word.

As a first chapter of such an intellectual biography of Wittgenstein's Nachlass, I want to sketch the relationships between Wittgenstein and his later literary executors, beginning with the time when they had been students of Wittgenstein until they became colleagues and friends. It is important to study these personal relationships since they put us in touch with the soil from which the editions grew: we may understand better why Wittgenstein bequeathed Rhees, Wright and Anscombe with the task of publishing his writings and we may understand better why they, as heirs, acted as they did in fulfilling their given duty.

The paper presented work in progress."