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

Sneak Peek of Duke’s PAL 2013-2014 Program


Not long ago we announced that Philosophy & Literature at Duke University has a new online address. Available on their site is a recent letter from Director Toril Moi welcoming Sarah Beckwith as Acting Director for the 2013-2014 school year, as well as a sneak-peek of their 2013-2014 events (see below).

Fall 2013

September 5:
Screening of The Philadelphia Story

September 12:
Susan Wolf (UNC) – “Loving Attention: Lessons in Love from The Philadelphia Story

October 3:
“Hannah Arendt, Multiculturalism, Feminism, Judgement:  A Conversation withLinda Zerilli” (In conjunction with the Symposium on Judgment, October 4-5)    

Spring 2014

January 23:
Lydia Goehr – “Music and Painting: Reviewing the mediums of voice, ear, and instrument”

February 6:
Richard Moran and Sabina Lovibond Lectures

February 7-8:
Young Scholars Workshop “Literature, Philosophy, Feminism,” led by Richard Moran and Sabina Lovibond

March 20 and 21:
Richard Fleming (In conjunction with the Audiovisualities Lab Symposium) –

  • “Grammatical Stirrings I: Listening to Cage (ExperimentationChanceSilenceAnarchism)”
  • “Grammatical Stirrings II: Reading Cavell’s The Claim of Reason–Threads of the Inner and Outer”

You can check back for more information or join the Duke PAL listserv by emailing Kaila Brown with “Join PAL” in the subject.

J.M. Coetzee Archive Open for Research in Austin, Texas


J. M. Coetzee’s handwritten drafts of Life & Times of Michael K are constructed of stacks of exam books bound together with cardboard and wire. The book, published in 1983, went on to win the Booker Prize. Photo by Pete Smith.

The archive of Nobel Prize–winning writer and University of Texas at Austin alumnus J.M. Coetzee is available for research at the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. The bulk of the archive traces the author’s life and career from 1960 through 2012.

Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1940 and graduated from the University of Cape Town. After working three years as a computer programmer in England, he enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin in 1965 to pursue his Ph.D. in English, linguistics and Germanic languages, which he earned in 1969. While at the university, he conducted research in the Ransom Center’s collections for his dissertation on the early fiction of Samuel Beckett.

“It is a privilege to have graduated from being a teaching assistant at The University of Texas to being one of the authors whose papers are conserved here,” said Coetzee . . . Read on here.

Gender-Works: Resources

As a follow-up to Nancy Bauer’s welcome comment, I’d like to point out a small set of online resources for scholars looking to think about and address gender imbalance in the discipline. Please feel free to add to the mix!

women_of_powe_450Clockwise from top left: Madame de Staël, Simone de Beauvoir, Rosa Luxemburg, Hanna Arendt, Marie-Olympe de Gouges and Sylviane Agacinski.

The well-known readers-write blog “What Is It Like To Be a Woman In Philosophy?” has prompted a forward-looking sister-blog, “What We’re Doing About What It’s Like” which documents the proactivity of Philosophy departments worldwide and offers a host of creative solutions to problems of disciplinary culture and climate.

“Feminist Philosophers” features a handy cheat-sheet of ten small things we can all do to promote gender equity in Philosophy.

One of the simplest and most obvious measures we can take (#4 on the list above)  is to include women authors on our syllabi. I know of two searchable databases designed to help educators do just that. The first, available at “Women Works“, was developed as part of the “Seeing Herself as a Philosopher” project. The second, is being compiled by Helen de Cruz at “New Apps,” and can be accessed here.

Finally, Francey Russell maintains a general blog titled Women in Philosophy through the University of Chicago Philosophy Department. It’s hopping with links to relevant articles, sites, journals, conferences, colloquia, and more.



“All Over the Sofa” — Wittgenstein on Your Facebook Feed

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Yes, your facebook feed features iphone filtered photos of your friends’ breakfast spreads and sand-encrusted toes, but  is Ludwig’s daily play-by-play in the mix? 

This from theUniversity of Reading’s Staff Portal: As part of his research into the life and work of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Dr John Preston, Senior Lecturer in and Head of the Department of Philosophy has collected a large amount of biographical material. So much material that he realised that he could recount the events that happened in Wittgenstein’s life day-by-day as they occurred one hundred years ago on a Facebook account.

Dr John Preston

Since its creation, Wittgenstein day-by-day has had thousands of visits – mostly from 23-24 year olds – a significant number for an academic profile, thus proving that this is an excellent way to engage with a younger audience.

Dr Preston said: “I had this idea a few years ago when I realised that the 100th anniversary of very important events in Wittgenstein’s life was approaching. It was in October 1911, for example, when he went to Cambridge to study.

“I started looking to see whether anyone had produced a chronology of Wittgenstein’s life before. His letters, diaries, and books of philosophical notes form the basis for a detailed list of what he was doing and working on almost every day.”

This information has also informed the Wittgenstein website that Dr Preston has created, which details the philosopher’s family history and childhood, and will cover other stages of his life. The Facebook timeline mirrors just one of these pages, presenting the information in an engaging and sometimes pictorial way.

Dr Preston is committed to continuing this timeline until the anniversary of the time when Wittgenstein published his first book, but also stopped doing philosophy and became a schoolteacher, in 1921. This means he has his work cut out until 2021. However, Wittgenstein did return to philosophy in 1929 – so perhaps Dr Preston will return to the timeline in 2029?

Both the webpages and the facebook pages will be used as teaching tools in future.

Announcing a new journal: Nordic Wittgenstein Review

Martin Gustafsson (Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University, Finland) recently wrote in with the following announcement, which we are delighted to pass along to our readers:

The Nordic Wittgenstein Society has started a new journal, Nordic Wittgenstein Review, the first issue of which will appear in print at ontos Verlag in August and made available Open Access on line in November. The journal publishes original contributions on all aspects of Wittgenstein’s thought and work – exegetical studies as well as papers drawing on Wittgensteinian themes and ideas in discussions of contemporary philosophical problems. It is interdisciplinary in character, and publishes contributions in the subject areas of philosophy and other human and social studies including literary studies, philology, linguistics, cognitive science, and others. Each issue includes an invited paper, an interview, a peer-reviewed articles section, a section in which seminal works are re-published or where previously unpublished archive materials are presented, as well as a book review section.

For more information, see: issue #5: on “Agency and Experience”

We wanted to let our readers know that issue #5 of the excellent new online journal,, has just been published. Here is the table of contents: