Conference CFP: “Wittgenstein’s Early Investigations” (Lisbon, Portugal)


International Conference

Institute of Philosophy of Language
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences
New University of Lisbon

27th and 28th June 2011

Scientific organisation:

  • António Marques, Nuno Venturinha and Alberto Arruda

Invited speakers include:

  • Arthur Gibson (Roehampton University, London/Trinity College, Cambridge)
  • Andrew Lugg (University of Ottawa)
  • André Maury (University of Helsinki)
  • Jesús Padilla Gálvez (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo)
  • Alois Pichler (University of Bergen)
  • Jonathan Smith (Trinity College, Cambridge)

Sixty years after his death, there is an increasing consensus among scholars that the work posthumously published as Philosophical Investigations does not represent a complete picture of Wittgenstein’s second book project. Von Wright’s seminal research on the Nachlass was an important contribution in this direction, showing that the Wittgenstein papers can reveal much more than the source of specific remarks. There are in fact various drafts for something like the Investigations, each of them differing in content and order. One of these drafts is the so-called ‘early’ or ‘pre-war’ version of the Investigations, but the Blue and Brown Books can also be seen, following Rhees’ labelling, as preliminary studies for the project. This conference aims specifically to explore Wittgenstein’s Investigations from the different angles of its earlier conceptions, throwing a new light on fundamental issues in twentieth century and contemporary philosophy.

Proposals are invited for 30-minute presentations. Those wishing to present a paper should submit a 500 word abstract and a biographical note to by 1st April 2011. Decisions on whether proposals have been accepted will be made by the end of April. Papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings (deadline for submission of full papers: 31st July 2011). Conference attendance is free but registration is required. Please register by 31st May. Those attending the conference will be expected to make their own arrangements for accommodation as needed. Enquiries relating to any subject should be sent to the e-mail address indicated above.

Up-do-date information about the conference will be available at For information about, and how to get to, the Faculty please visit

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