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World, Sign, and Reference: Wittgenstein and the Vienna Positivists

This reading group will aim to develop a firm understanding of Wittgenstein’s early work, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and then proceed to situate him in a tradition centered around the Vienna Circle logical and empirical positivists. We will consider to what extent Wittgenstein affiliates himself with these thinkers, or conversely, whether he should be aligned with them at all. Given the diversity of applications of Wittgenstein’s thought, and the vast indebtedness to him of disciplines as varied as philosophy, science, social science, and literary criticism, this group will appeal to participants with a wide range of interests in 20th-century philosophy.

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Contact: diane [dot] belzil [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Diane Belzil), matthias [dot] lalisse [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Matthias Lalisse)
Meetings: Tuesdays, 11ham-1pm: 15, 22, 29 January; 5, 12, 19, 26 February; 12, 19, 26 March
3610 McTavish St. Room 21-6