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Δευτέρα, 14 Μαρτίου 2011

Philosophy as Therapy: Wittgenstein and Beyond

Location: University of East Anglia
Date: 25 Mar 2011  – 26 Mar 2011

Organiser: Eugen Fischer
Institution: University of East Anglia, supported by the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society.

The conference explores therapeutic conceptions of philosophy developed in the wake of Wittgenstein: What is the point and purpose of ‘therapeutic’ approaches in philosophy? Where and when is ‘therapy’ called for in philosophy? Are there ‘diseases of the understanding’ philosophy would need to cure? What methods and techniques can therapeutic philosophy employ? What challenges does it face and what fruits can it bear?
The conference explores these questions through submitted papers and through invited symposia on two fresh publications:
Eugen Fischer: Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy. Outline of a Philosophical Revolution, Routledge 2010
Abstract, reviews and contents: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415331791/
Contents and introduction: pdf
Rupert Read & Matthew Lavery (eds.): The Tractatus Wars, Routledge 2011
Abstract: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415874403/

Confirmed Speakers:
Dan Hutto (Hertfordshire)
Phil Hutchinson (MMU)
Dale Jacquette (Berne)
Katherine Morris (Oxford)
Peter Sullivan (Stirling)
Eugen Fischer (UEA)
Oskari Kuusela (UEA)
Marie McGinn (UEA)
Rupert Read (UEA)

Topics
Since its inception in the 17th century, modern philosophy has had to compete with science. This competition has given rise to the question of what distinctive contribution, if any, philosophy can make to human knowledge. The linguistic paradigm of analytic philosophy provided a compelling and widely accepted answer to this question: Analytic philosophers conceived in different ways of philosophy as revolving around linguistic analysis which yields conceptual knowledge. They sought conceptual knowledge which helps us either to answer philosophical questions or to overcome such questions (by showing them to be meaningless or confused), or lets us turn them into questions that can be answered by different branches of science. The demise of this paradigm of philosophical work, in the 1970s, has reopened the issue of philosophy’s proper approach, point and purpose, and has led to the exploration of alternative paradigms. One of the most innovative of these is the therapeutic paradigm that has become a focus of debate in Wittgensteinian philosophy, ancient philosophy, and some branches of Continental philosophy (which were brought together, e.g., in the 2008 annual conference of the Royal Institute of Philosophy “Philosophy as Therapeia”).

The present conference seeks to advance the proper development of this paradigm, i.e., the development of substantive conceptions of therapeutic philosophy. To do so, it confronts two different strands of discussion in the wake of Wittgenstein: In the nascent ‘cognitive epistemology of philosophy’, results from cognitive and social psychology, and cognitive linguistics, are used to lend substance, to, among other things, the Wittgensteinian ideas that philosophical reflection is crucially shaped – and misled – by ‘pictures’ and analogies which are ‘at work in the unconscious’ and result in unsound intuitions and  ill-motivated problems which it takes a new kind of cognitive therapy to overcome. In the course of the ‘New Wittgenstein’ debate, an in some ways more familiar conception of therapeutic philosophy as geared towards the exposure of nonsense has been developed through debate on the issue of whether or not Wittgenstein’s philosophy, throughout his career, is fundamentally therapeutic and ‘resolute’ (rather than ‘elucidatory’, or ‘doctrinal’) in nature and method. The conference is structured around invited symposia on the two latest contributions to cognitive epistemology and the New Wittgenstein debate, respectively: Fischer's Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy (Routledge 2010) Read's (ed.): The Tractatus Wars (Routledge 2011).

In addition, there are open sessions for the presentation of submitted papers that address the conference’s guiding questions, either in connection with these two strands of debate or independently, and potentially in competition with them.

Provisional Programme:
FRIDAY, 25th MARCH 2011, from 13:00 onwards
- “The Tractatus Wars”: Editor meets critics, with Dan Hutto, Phil Hutchinson, Oskari Kuusela, Marie McGinn, Peter Sullivan and Rupert Read
- Open Sessions
- Conference Dinner

SATURDAY, 26th MARCH 2011, until 17:30
- “Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy”: Book Symposium, with Dan Hutto, Phil
- Hutchinson, Dale Jacquette, Katherine Morris and Eugen Fischer
- Lunch
- Open Sessions

The conference will be held in the rooms of the School of Philosophy, Arts II Building, University of East Anglia, NR4 7TJ
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