Summer Seminar: Wittgenstein's lectures, 1930-33

Summer Seminar: Wittgenstein's lectures, 1930-33

May 18-22, 2015

Faculty Director:  Professor David Stern, Department of Philosophy, University of Iowa

An Obermann Summer Seminar on “Wittgenstein’s Lectures, Cambridge 1930-1933: Text and Context” will take place on May 18-22, 2015, at the University of Iowa.

Beginning in January 1930, Ludwig Wittgenstein regularly gave lecture courses at Cambridge. GE Moore attended almost all of those lectures for the next three and a half years and took very full notes. This period was a time of transition for Wittgenstein, and is of great interest for anyone who wants to understand the development of his thought. Wittgenstein’s teaching and writing from the 1930s, once overshadowed by his earlier and later work, has attracted growing attention in recent years.

In the fall of 2015, Cambridge University Press will publish Wittgenstein: Lectures, Cambridge 1930-1933, From the Notes of G. E Moore, edited by David Stern, Brian Rogers, and Gabriel Citron. This is the first edition of notes from any of Wittgenstein’s lectures that aims to present, as accurately as possible, what was written down at the time. While Moore did quote from his notes in his published essay on the lectures, Moore’s essay was primarily an analysis of the views he attributed to Wittgenstein. Moore’s succinct but detailed lecture notes are always considerably longer than the previously published student versions, and often include whole topics that are simply missing from theirs. Seminar presenters and participants will have advance access to the text of the forthcoming edition of Moore’s lecture notes.


Seminar Faculty Participants

For further information about the program, including paper titles and abstracts, see the program schedule:

  • Hanne Appelqvist, University of Helsinki
  • Thomas Baldwin, University of York (UK)
  • Anat Biletzki, Quinnipiac University and Tel-Aviv University
  • Bill Child, Oxford University (UK)
  • Gabriel Citron, Yale University
  • João Vergílio Gallerani Cuter, University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Mauro Engelmann, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
  • Juliet Floyd, Boston University
  • Richard Fumerton, University of Iowa
  • Warren Goldfarb, Harvard University
  • James Klagge, Virginia Tech
  • Gregory Landini, University of Iowa
  • Mathieu Marion, Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)
  • Volker A. Munz, Alpen-Adria-University (Austria)
  • Alois Pichler, University of Bergen (Norway)
  • Tom Ricketts, University of Pittsburgh
  • Brian Rogers, Stanford University
  • Joachim Schulte, University of Zurich
  • Hans Sluga, UC Berkeley
  • David Stern, University of Iowa