Conf: Friedrich Waismann’s Legacy and Presence

Friedrich Waismann’s Legacy and Presence

The Institute Vienna Circle and the Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy, together with the Hans Kelsen Institute and the ERC-Project “The Emergence of Relativism” host a three-day conference on Friedrich Waismann to take place in Vienna from the 15th to the 17th of September 2016.

Waismann was a citizen of two worlds, the Vienna Circle before his emigration and the Oxonian ordinary language philosophy after his emigration, and came to be a prolific critic of both. Inspired by a first successful conference on Waismann –“Causality and Logical Positivism”, Vienna 2010 – the aim of this conference is to discuss the currency and variety of Waismann’s contributions to the field.

Lecture room 3D, Department of Philosophy, NIG (Neues Institutsgebäude), University of Vienna, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
Aula at the Campus, Court 1, Door 11, University of Vienna, Alser Straße 4, 1090 Vienna

15-17 September 2016


Thursday, 15.09.2016 (NIG, 3D)
Friedrich Stadler & Dejan Makovec (University of Vienna)
Opening address

Craige Roberts & Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State University)
Open-texture, analyticity, model theory, and natural language semantics

Friday, 16.09.2016 (Campus (“Altes AKH”), Aula 1.11)
Eugen Fischer (University of East Anglia)
Linguistic Legislation and Psycholinguistic Experiments: Developing Waismann’s Approach

Juha Manninen (University of Helsinki)
The “Diktat für Schlick”, Presented by Waismann for Schlick’s Circle Early in 1935.

Stefan Goltzberg (Université libre de Bruxelles)
How useful is Talmudic reasoning to cast light on Waismann’s verifiability notion?

Odai AL Zoubi (University of East Anglia)
Open concepts and family concepts: Austin, Wittgenstein and Waismann

Mirja Hartimo (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
Friedrich Waismann and Edmund Husserl's philosophy

Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh)
Open texture and conceptual analysis

Graham Priest (City University of New York)
Waismann on Fiction and its Objects

24th Vienna Circle Lecture 2016
Thomas Oberdan (Clemson University)
'Our Common Method' in “Logik, Sprache, Philosophie”
(Chair: Friedrich Stadler)

Saturday, 17.09.2016 (Campus (“Altes AKH”), Aula 1.11)
Radek Schuster (University of West Bohemia)
From Language Games to Language Strata: Waismann’s Emancipation from Wittgenstein

Ulrike Heuer (University of Leeds)
Motives and Interpretation

Géza Kállay (Eötvös Loránd University)
“I wanted to hear your judgement”: Waismann, Kafka and Wittgenstein on the Power and Powerlessness of Language

Qiang Xu (Wuhan University)
Language Strata: Development and Wittgenstein’s Influence

Sergei Kasatkin (Samara Academy of Humanities & Samara Law Institute of FPS of Russia)
“Open Texture” in Law and Philosophy: Hart and Waismann

Brian Bix (University of Minnesota Law School)
Waismann, Wittgenstein, Hart, and Beyond: The Developing Idea of the ‘Open Texture’ of Language and Law

Frederick Schauer (University of Virginia)
Waismann, Language Strata, and the Problem of Technical Language

Attendance of the conference is free, but participants are asked to register by e-mail to

Further Information:
For further information, please visit the conference website

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