James Ferguson Conant

Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities
Conant

James F. Conant
Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities at University of Chicago

Email: jconant [at] uchicago [dot] edu

Room: Rosenwald Hall, Room 215, Chicago, IL 60637

Research Interests: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, German Idealism, and History of Analytic Philosophy

Basic Info

Brief Biography
Born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1958, in addition to being Humboldt Professor in Theoretical Philosophy at Leipzig, James Conant is Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and Full Professor in the College at the University of Chicago, USA. After taking a B.A. and then a Ph.D. at Harvard University, USA, in 1990, he became first Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. In 1999, he took up the position of Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He has taught, amongst other places, in Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, and Italy. Conant has received numerous awards and honours, including the Humboldt Foundation’s Anneliese Maier Research Award and the Neubauer Collegium Award for the University of Chicago’s “ldealism Project”.
Brief Research Profile

Conant works broadly in philosophy and has published articles on topics in Philosophical Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, German Idealism, and the History of Analytic Philosophy, among other areas, as well as interpretative work on a wide range of philosophers, including Descartes, Kant, Emerson, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Josiah Royce, William James, Frege, Carnap, Wittgenstein, Putnam, Cavell, Rorty, Stroud, and McDowell, among others.

His latest books are:

A Brief Autobiographical Reflection

 

“Philosophy is really homesickness: the urge to be at home everywhere.”
“Die Philosophie ist eigentlich Heimweh – Trieb überall zu Hause zu sein.”

 Novalis, Das allgemeine Broullion,
Materialien zur Enzyklopädistik 1789/99, Nr. 857

Recent and Forthcoming News
  • James Conant will be an Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne in Paris from Sept. 18th to Oct. 18th, 2021.
  • The “Reuniones filosóficas 2020” (2020 Philosophical Meetings), organized by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Navarra and to take place in Pamplona, Spain, have been postponed until September, 2021. This year’s topic is ‘The varieties of anti-skepticism, from the past to the present’. There will be a mini-seminar taught by James Conant on the topic from Sept. 7th to 14th, followed by an international conference from Sept. 15th to 17th.
  • Together with Cora Diamond and Martin Gustafsson he taught the 2019 Wittgenstein Summer School.
  • James Conant is one of the three winners in 2017 of the Humboldt Prize. Link.
  • James Conant taught a summer school on Wittgenstein on Following a Rule at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, in Göttingen, Germany. The summer school was held from the 14th to the 17th of September, 2016. For more information about this event, click here.
  • The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago has awarded a two-year grant to James Conant, Robert Pippin, and David Wellbery and their collaborators at the University of Leipzig for their large-scale faculty research project “The Idealism Project: Self-Determining Form and the Autonomy of the Humanities“. For more information on the project, click here.
  • Germany’s leading newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, reviews James Conant’s recent book on Nietzsche, August 26, 2014. PDF
  • James Conant and Cora Diamond co-taught the 7th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School on the topic of Wittgenstein on Following a Rule: Philosophical Investigations, Sections 185 – 242. The Summer School took place from the 5th to the 8th of August, 2015 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. The event was sponsored by the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Institute and took place just prior to the 38th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg, which started on the 9th of August, 2015. For more information about the Summer School, click here. Recordings of the summer school can be accessed here.
  • Skepticism and Intentionality: Perspectives on Topics of James Conant, October 31, 2012 – Uni- Bonn Link
  • James Conant and Cora Diamond co-taught the 5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summerschool from the 7th to the 10th of August 2013 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. The event is sponsored by the the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Institute and took place just prior to the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2013, in Kirchberg, starting on the 11th of August 2013. Recordings of the Kirchberg summer school can be accessed by clicking here. For more information about this event, click here.
  • On December 5th, 2012, James Conant will be the first Voltaire Lecturer in the new annual Voltaire Lecture Series at the University of Potsdam. Link
  • On December 3, 2012, the Center for Analytic German Idealism (CAGI) will open at the University of Leipzig. Together with Prof. Andrea Kern (Leipzig), James Conant will serve as the co-director of this new institute. The program of the opening event may be found here. Link
  • In April 2012, James Conant and Cora Diamond co-directed a Young Scholars Workshop on the topic of Philosophy, Literature and Film, at the Center for Philosophy and Literature at Duke University. Link
  • “James Conant in Potsdam”- January 12, 2012, Maerkische Allgemeine. Link
  • Rethinking Epistemology, Volumes 1 and 2, edited by Guenter Abel and James Conant, were published by Walter De Gruyter, Inc., Berlin, in December, 2011 and June, 2012 respectively.
  • On Oct. 29-31, 2012, the International Centre for Philosophy at Bonn University will host a conference on “Skepticism and Intentionality – Perspectives on Topics of James Conant”.  
  • During the academic year 2012/2013, James Conant will be a fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Göttingen.
  • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded the Anneliese Maier Prize to James Conant for research of internationally recognised excellence in the humanities or social sciences. Link
  • James Conant is among the keynote speakers at a conference on Philosophy, Film, and Skepticism at the University of Bonn, Germany, from November 28 – 30, 2011.
  • On June 10, 2011,  the journal Philosophical Investigations published a “virtual issue” which features the ten best articles published in the journal from 1980 to the present day and includes James Conant’s 1998 article “Wittgenstein on Meaning and Use”.
  • Beyond the Tractatus Wars, edited by Rupert Read and Matthew Lavery, was published in July 2011 by Routledge. The collection consists of a series of paired newly commissioned pieces alternately arguing for and against the so-called “resolute reading” of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus first put forward by Cora Diamond and James Conant.
  • Together with Sebastian Rödl, James Conant will run a SIAS Summer Institute (to take place in at the National Institute of Humanities at Chapel Hill in August, 2011 and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in August, 2012), titled The Second Person: Comparative Perspectives (click here for more information).
  • On June 10, 2011,  the journal Philosophical Investigations published a “virtual issue” which features the ten best articles published in the journal from 1980 to the present day and includes James Conant’s 1998 article “Wittgenstein on Meaning and Use”.
  • The Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto in Portugal is hosting a conference titled The Logical Alien at 20, to take place on June 13th & 14th, 2011, on the 20th anniversary of the publication of James Conant’s paper The Search for Logically Alien Thought. For more information, click here
Humboldt Professorship
On July 1st, 2017 James Conant assumed the position of Humboldt Professor at the University of Leipzig. He has been co-director with Andrea Kern of the Forschungskolleg Analytic German Idealism in Leipzig since 2012. He is also the director of the Center for German Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Under his leadership, these two research centers form the main axis of an international philosophical network, spanning Germany, Israel and the United States. They jointly promote and fund academic exchange at the doctoral, post-doctoral and professorial levels, while sponsoring a series of international conferences, workshops, and seminars to be held in Chicago, Leipzig, and Tel Aviv. These are devoted not only to increasing dialogue between scholars working on classical German philosophy and analytic philosophy respectively, but, more importantly, to exploring the mutual implication of these two traditions in one another — especially as it has come to be embodied in the work of contemporary philosophers on both sides of the Atlantic whose work resists categorization in either of these traditions to the exclusion of the other.

Further Audio and Video Recordings

Lecture at the Conference on Tractatus 100 – One hundred years after the publication of Wittgenstein’s “Tractatus logico-philosophicus”: “Early Wittgenstein on Sign and Symbol” (12. 05. 2021)

Victor Gijsbers, James Conant on the B Deduction. March 2021. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Perspectives From Cavell – The Invisibility of Directorial Perfection: Hitchcock’s Psycho. March 5, 2021. YouTube Link

Interview with James Conant on “Talking to Thinkers” by Johnny Lyons. Part 1, Part 2

James Conant, Allan Janik, Ray Monk, and David Stern discuss Christian Erbacher’s Wittgenstein’s Heirs and Editors. YouTube Link

James Conant, Cora Diamond and Martin Gustafsson co-taught the 11th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School in August, 2019 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. Link to Recordings

Philosophy Voiced: Podcast with Cora Diamond and James Conant. April 18, 2019

Unedited Open Stacks Podcast, Interview with Irad Kimhi by James Conant, March 13, 2019.

Audio Recordings of Intensive Seminar with James Conant and Cora Diamond at the University of Pardubice, October, 2018.

Cora Diamonds Session: Truth in Ethics;
James Conant’s Session: Socrates and Wittgenstein;
Joint Session: Cora Diamond and James Conant

Video Interview “Into the Coast: James Conant”, April 22, 2018. Link 

James Conant, “Alexander von Humboldt Award Recipient Profile” (25. 4. 2017)- Link

James Conant, “The Invisibility of Directorial Perfection,” at the CCT MFS Film & Philosophy, University of Chicago, January 2017 Link

James Conant and Konrad Lindner, “Thomas S. Kuhn: Die Struktur wissenschaftlicher Revolutionen” on the German radio show SWR2 Wissen, May 9, 2016 Link to audio transcript

James Conant, with Robert J. Richards, and Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, “On Doubt,” at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. May 5, 2016. Link

Plenary Lecture at the 38th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg am Wechsel: Socrates or Wittgenstein? (15. 08. 2015)

James Conant and Cora Diamond co-taught the 7th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School from the 5th to the 8th of August, 2015 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. The course website of this summer school can be accessed here. To get access to the protected folders containing recordings and course materials please contact: jconant [at] uchicago.edu

James Conant, “Some Socratic Aspects of Wittgenstein,” St. John’s College in Santa Fe, May 1, 2015. Link

James Conant, “Matter and Form: Two Ways of Distinguishing Varieties of Skepticism”, University of Bonn, Wednesday, November 26, 2014. (YouTube) – Link

James Conant, “Thomas Kuhn on the Difference between Puzzles and Problems”, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Sunday, November 23, 2014. (video) Link

James Conant and Jay Elliott discuss the analytic tradition on Elucidations, the University of Chicago Philosophy Department’s podcast series. Oct. 16, 2014. Link

“Die Unsichtbarkeit einer perfekten Regie” James Conant: über Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, USA 1960) (video and audio). July 16th, 2014. Link

“Early and Later Wittgenstein on the Ordinary, on Language, and on Ordinary Language”, Amherst College March 27, 2014 – Link

Jim Conant, “Benjamin on the Nature of the Cinematic Medium”. Talk at the Walter Benjamin as Philosopher Conference, The University of Chicago, February 16, 2014 Link

James Conant and Cora Diamond co-taught the 5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summerschool from the 7th to the 10th of August 2013 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. The course website of this summer school can be accessed here. To get access to the protected folders containing recordings and course materials please contact: jconant [at] uchicago.edu

Opening and Closing Plenary Lectures at the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg am Wechsel:
Cora Diamond: Wittgenstein, Anscombe and What Can Only Be True (Opening Lecture, 12. 08. 2013);
James Conant: Early and Later Wittgenstein on Ordinary Language (Closing Lecture, 17. 08. 2013)

James Conant and Cora Diamond, “The Subliming of the Object of Philosophical Investigation”, from the 5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School, on the topic of Wittgenstein’s Conception of Philosophy: Philosophical Investigations, Sections 93 – 133, August 6, 2013, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria – Link

James Conant, “Kant’s Dove and Wittgenstein’s Ice-walker,” from the 5th Wittgenstein Summerschool, in August 2013. Link

“Das exemplarische bei Emerson und Nietzsche”, A lecture at the Nietzsche-Forum München, June 3, 2013 (Greeting and Introduction; Lecture; Q&A)

Jim Conant and others, “Wie man wird, was man ist: Vom Wert der Persönlichkeit”, A Radio interview with Nikolaus Halmer on ORF radio, January 8, 2013 (in German) Link

James Conant On Pippin’s Hegel’s KantConference on Self-Consciousness and Perception 21 – 22 June 2012. Department of Philosophy, University of Patras 
(2011) Nietzsche’s Critique of the Layer-Cake Conception of Human Mindedness – Lecture in Bergen 2011, Sep. 21 Link

James Conant, “Witgenstein’s Methods,” at the 4rth BWS Annual Conference, Gregynog, Wales July 16-17, 2011 Link

Videos of James Conant and Arnold Davidson, along with others, speaking at the Humanities Center at Harvard, on Oct. 14, 2010 at an event, celebrating the publication of Stanley Cavell’s autobiography, Little Did I Know. – Link

(2009) Thomas Kuhn on the Difference Between a Puzzle and a Problem – Lecture in Bergen 2009, Sep. 10 Link

Philosophy as History or System – Emptiness or Blindness? Lecture in Bergen, Norway, Aug 27, 2009. Link

Discussing Wittgenstein on a show titled “Showing the Fly the Way Out” on German Radio SWR2 on June 9th, 2008 – Listen

“John McDowell’s Kant” lecture given on September 19, 2005, University of Bergen – Listen

“Family Resemblance, Composite Photography, and Unity of Concept: Goethe, Galton, Wittgenstein” lecture given on September 15, 2005, University of Bergen – Abstract or Listen; (composite photograph)

Varieties of Skepticism, a series of lectures given in August-September, 2005 at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen, Norway – Link

The Alleged Heresy of Mono-Wittgensteinianism,” lecture given on June 2, 2005 at Wittgenstein, Philosophy and Language conference in Skjolden, Norway – Listen

“Concepts & Unity – Locke, Kant, & Goethe” part of a lecture given in Bergen, Norway, 2005. Link

Gretchen Helfridge with James Conant and Robert Richards, “Science and Aesthetics” on WBEZ’s “Odyssey”, January 3, 2003 – .mp4 files

Gretchen Helfridge with James Conant and Arthur Danto, “After Beauty”, on WBEZ’s “Odyssey”, 2003 – .mp4files

Gretchen Helfridge with James Conant, Hilary Putnam, Richard Rorty, ” What is Pragmatism?“, WBEZ “Odyssey”, 24 April 2002 – .mp4 files

“The Continuity of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy: Why Worry About the Tractatus?”, lecture given on December 15, 2001, University of Bergen – Abstract or Listen

Research

Detailed Research Profile

James Conant is the leader of the Humboldt Project at the University of Leipzig. It is conceived as a joint venture between a number of departments and centers of philosophy around the world, with a primary axis of cooperation between the University of Chicago and the University of Leipzig. Accordingly, between 2017 and 2022 Conant will divide his time between Leipzig and Chicago. On July 1, 2017 Conant assumed the position of Humboldt Professor, spending every Winter Semester and the second half of every summer semester at the University of Leipzig, in order to serve in this capacity. During this five-year span he will teach at the University of Chicago only during the Spring Quarter of each year. (For more information about his activities in Chicago, click here). He is co-director with Andrea Kern of the FAGI (click here for more information) in Leipzig, as well as the director of the Center for German Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Under Conant leadership, these two research centers will jointly comprise the spine of an international philosophical network, spanning Germany, Greece, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Conant is currently working on four book-length projects: a monograph on skepticism entitled Varieties of Skepticism, a co-authored collection of essays with Cora Diamond entitled Wittgenstein and the Inheritance of Philosophy, a book on film aesthetics entitled The Ontology of the Cinematographic Image, and a forthcoming collection of interpretative essays on a variety of philosophers entitled Resolute Readings. He has edited, among other things, two volumes of Hilary Putnam’s papers and co-edited (with John Haugeland) one volume of Thomas Kuhn’s papers, with a second posthumous work by Kuhn soon to be completed. Together with Jay Elliot, he is the co-editor of one of the volumes of the Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy – namely the volume After Kant: The Analytic Tradition.

Conant has taught as a visiting professor at the College de France, Postdam University, the LMU in Munich, University of Amsterdam, University of Bergen, University of Helsinki, University of Iceland in Reykyavik, University of Picardy in Amiens, University of Uppsala, Leipzig University, Göttingen University, University College Dublin, University of Veracruz in Xalapa, Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Rome La Sapienza. From 1990 to 1993 he was a Fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows, from 2008 to 2009 at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and from 2012 to2013 at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg of the University of Goettingen. From 2006 to 2008, together with David Wellbery, he was a co-recipient of a Mellon Foundation Saywer Seminar Grant. He is the co-recipient of two Humboldt TransCoop Awards, one with Sebastian Rödl and one with Pirmin Stekeler, each of which has facilitated numerous philosophical projects, workshops, and conferences sponsored jointly by the Departments of Philosophy at Leipzig University and the University of Chicago. In 2012 he was awarded the Anneliese Meier Prize by the Humboldt Foundation.

Conant serves on a number of academic advisory boards, including those of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (link), the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (link), the Berlin Center for Knowledge Research (link), the North American Nietzsche Society (link), the Wittgenstein Initiative (link), and the Internationale Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft (link). He is also a member of the senior editorial board of the bi-lingual German-English journal Wittgenstein-Studien: Internationales Jahrbuch für Wittgenstein-Forschung (link) and the senior editorial board of the bi-lingual Italian-English journal Iride (link). Together with Günter Abel, he is co-editor of the book series Berlin Studies in Knowledge Research (link), as well as a member of the advisory board of the book series called Nordic Wittgenstein Studies. Together with Andrea Kern, he is the co-director of the Center for Analytic German Idealism and co-editor of the affiliated book series Analytischer Deutscher Idealismus (link). He served as Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago for three years, stepping down in July, 2011, and serving again as Interim Chair for the academic year 2014/5.

CV (PDF)

Books
  • Sofia Miguens (Ed.), The Logical Alien – Conant and His Critics, HUP, 2020.
  • Co-edted with Sebastian Sunday, Wittgenstein on Philosophy, Objectivity, and MeaningCambridge University Press, August 2019.
  • Del método temprano de Wittgenstein a sus métodos últimos”, Universidad Veracruzana, 2019. Webpage
  • Co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy: After Kant (Vol. Volume 2: The Analytic Tradition), W. W. Norton & Co., New York, NY, 2017. PDF of Blurbs
  • Co-editor of The Second Person, Philosophical Topics, Volume 42, No 1. PDF of Table of Contents and Editor’s Introduction..
  • James Conant, Friedrich Nietzsche: Perfektionismus & Perspektivismus tr. by Joachim Schulte, Konstanz University Press, 2014. Cover and TOC (PDF)
  • (co-edited with Andrea Kern), Varieties of Skepticism: Essays after Kant, Wittgenstein, and Cavell Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, Berlin Studies in Knowledge Research 5 (2014). For the PDF of the Table of Contents and Editors’ “Introduction: From Kant to Cavell” click here
  • Rethinking Epistemology, Vol. 2, co-edited with Guenter Abel (Walter De Gruyter Inc., June, 2012)
  • Rethinking Epistemology, Vol. 1, with Guenter Abel (Walter De Gruyter Inc., December, 2011)
  • Orwell ou le Pouvoir de la Verite (Agone, 2012) – Link
  • James Conant and Cora Diamond, Rileggere Wittgenstein (with a Foreword by Piergiorgio Donatelli and an Afterword by Silver Bronzo), Carocci, Rome, 2010 Table of Contents PDF
  • Co-editor of Hilary Putnam: Pragmatism and Realism, Routledge, London, 2002 – PDF
  • Editor of Analytic Kantianism, Philosophical Topics, Vol. 34, Nos. 1 & 2 PDF
  • Co-editor of Thomas Kuhn: The Road Since Structure, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 2000
  • Editor of Hilary Putnam: Words and Life, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1994 (PDF of Editor’s Introduction) – Link
  • Editor of Hilary Putnam: Realism with a Human Face, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1990 (PDF part 1 of Editor’s Introduction, PDF part 2 of Editor’s Introduction) – Link
  • The road since structure: philosophical essays, 1970-1993, Ed. with John Haugeland – Link
  • Co-editor of Thomas Kuhn: The Plurality of Worlds, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
  • Co-editor of Skepticism in Context, Blackwell’s, Oxford, UK (forthcoming)
Selected Publications in English
  • “Wittgenstein’s Critique of the Additive Conception of Language”, in: Nordic Wittgenstein Review, 9, 2020. PDF
  • “Some Socratic Aspects of Wittgenstein’s Conception of Philosophy”, in: Wittgenstein on Philosophy, Objectivity, and Meaning, ed. by J. Conant & S. Sunday: Cambridge University Press, 2019 pp. 231-264. Link
  • “Why Kant is Not a Kantian”, in: Philosophical Topics, Vol. 44, No. 1, Spring 2016. PDF
  • James Conant and Silver Bronzo, “Resolute Readings of the Tractatus”, in: A Companion to Wittgenstein, ed. by Hans-Johann Glock and John Hyman, Hoboken: Wiley, 2017, pp. 175 – 194. PDF
  • “The Emergence of the Concept of the Analytic Tradition as a Form of Philosophical Self-Consciousness”, in: Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide, ed. by Jeffrey Bell, Andrew Cutrofello and Paul Livingston, New York: Routledge, 2015. PDF
  • “Two Varieties of Skepticism”, in: Rethinking Epistemology, Vol. 2, edited by Guenter Abel and James Conant, Berlin: Walter De Gruyter 2012, pp. 1-73. PDF
  • “Three ways of Inheriting Austin”, in: La Philosophie du Langage Ordinaire: Histoire et Actualité de la Philosophie d’Oxford / Ordinary Language Philosophy: The History and Contemporary Relevance of Oxford Philosophy, edited by Christoph Al-Saleh and Sandra Laugier, Olms Verlag, Hildesheim, 2011. PDF
  • Co-authored (with Ed Dain), “Throwing the Baby Out: A Reply to Roger White”, in: Beyond The Tractatus Wars: The New Wittgenstein Debate Edited by Rupert Read, Matthew A. Lavery, Routledge, 2011. PDF
  • “Wittgestein’s Methods”, in: The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein, ed. Oskari Kuusela, Oxford University Press, 2011. PDF
  • “The World of a Movie”, in: Making a Difference, edited by Niklas Forsberg and Susanne Jansson, Thales, Stockholm, 2011. PDF
  • “A Development in Wittgenstein’s Conception of Philosophy: From ‘The Method’ to Methods”, in: In Sprachspiele verstricht – oder: Wie man der Fliege den Ausweg zeigt, edited by Stefan Tolksdorf and Holm Tetens (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010). PDF
  • “The American Scholar”, in: New Literary History of America, ed. Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, Harvard University Press, April, 2009. (PDF)
  • “Josiah Royce and the Problem of Error”, in: New Literary History of America, ed. Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, Harvard University Press, April, 2009. (PDF)
  • “Mild Mono-Wittgensteinianism”, in: Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond, edited by Alice Crary, M.I. T. Press, 2007. Link
  • “Subjective Thought”, in: Cahiers Parisiens, edited by Robert Morrissey, Volume 3, 2007. (PDF)
  • “Wittgenstein’s Later Criticism of the Tractatus”, in: Wittgenstein: The Philosopher and his Works, edited by A. Pichler and S. Säätelä, Ontos Verlag, Vienna, 2006. (PDF)
  • “The Recovery of Greece and the Discovery of America”, in: Reading Cavell, edited by Alice Crary and Sanford Shieh, Routledge, 2006. (PDF)
  • “The Dialectic of Perspectivism, II”, in: Sats – Nordic Journal of Philosophy, Vol 7, No 1 (2006). PDF
  • “Rorty and Orwell on Truth”, in: On Nineteen-Eighty-Four: Orwell and Our Future, edited by Abbott Gleason, Jack Goldsmith, and Martha Nussbaum, Princeton University Press, (2005). (PDF)
  • “The Dialectic of Perspectivism, I”, in: Sats – Nordic Journal of Philosophy, Vol 6, No 2 (2005). PDF
  • “Cavell and the Concept of America”, in: Contending with Stanley Cavell, edited by Russell Goodman, Oxford University Press, 2005. (PDF)
  • “Stanley Cavell’s Wittgenstein”, in: Harvard Review of Philosophy, 2005. (PDF)
  • “What ‘Ethics’ in the Tractatus is Not”, in: Religion and Wittgenstein’s Legacy, edited by D.Z. Phillips, Ashgate Publishing, 2005. Link
  • Co-authored (with Cora Diamond), “On Reading the Tractatus Resolutely”, in: The Lasting Significance of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy, edited by Max Kölbel and Bernhard Weiss, Routledge, 2004. Link
  • “Varieties of Skepticism,” in: Wittgenstein and Skepticism, edited by Denis McManus, Routledge Press, 2004. PDF
  • “How Wittgenstein’s Ladder Turned into a Fly-bottle”, in: New History of German Literature, edited by David Wellbery, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Anton Kaes, Dorothea von Muecke, and Judith Ryan, Harvard University Press; 2004. (PDF)
  • (with Hilary Putnam and Richard Rorty), “What is Pragmatism? A Discussion”, in: Think, Issue 8 Autumn 2004. (PDF)
  • “Why Worry About the Tractatus?”, in: Post-Analytic Tractatus, edited by Barry Foster, Ashgate, 2004. (PDF)
  • “The Concept of America”, in: Society, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2003. PDF
  • “On Going the Bloody Hard Way in Philosophy”, in: The Possibilities of Sense, edited by John Whittaker, Macmillan, 2003. (PDF)
  • “The Method of the Tractatus”, in: From Frege to Wittgenstein: Perspectives on Early Analytic Philosophy, edited by Erich H. Reck, Oxford University Press, 2002. (PDF Part One | Part Two)
  • “In the Electoral Colony: Kafka in Florida”, in: Critical Inquiry, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Summer, 2001), pp. 662-702. Link
  •  “Coming to Wittgenstein”, in: Philosophical Investigations, Vo. 24, No.2, 2001. (PDF)
  • “Philosophy and Biography”, in: Wittgenstein: Biography and Philosophy by James Carl Klagge, Oxford University Press, 2001. (PDF)
  • “A Prolegomenon to the Reading of Later Wittgenstein”, in: Deconstruction and Pragmatism, edited by Chantal Mouffe and Ludwig Nagl, Peter Lang Press, 2001. (PDF)
  • “Two Conceptions of Die Überwindung der Metaphysik“, in: Wittgenstein in America, edited by Timothy McCarthy and Peter Winch, Oxford University Press, 2001. (PDF)
  • “In the Electoral Colony”, in: Critical Inquiry, Summer 2001. (PDF)
  • “Nietzsche’s Perfectionism: A Reading of Schopenhauer as Educator”, in: Nietzsche’s Postmoralism, edited by Richard Schacht, CUP, 2000. Part 1 Part 2
  • “Freedom, Cruelty and Truth: Rorty versus Orwell”, in: Richard Rorty and His Critics, edited by Robert Brandom, Blackwell, 2000. (PDF)
  • “Elucidation and Nonsense in Frege and Early Wittgenstein”, in: The New Wittgenstein, edited by A. Crary and R. Read, Routledge, London, 2000. (PDF)
  • “Wittgenstein on Meaning and Use”, in: Philosophical Investigations Volume 21 Issue 3 Page 222-250, July 1998. Link
  • “Emerson as Educator”, in: Emerson Society Quarterly (Spring, 1998). (PDF)
  • “Kierkegaard’s POSTSCRIPT and Wittgenstein’s Tractatus: Teaching How to Pass from Disguised to Patent Nonsense”, in: Wittgenstein Studies 2/97. Link
  • “The James/Royce Dispute and the Development of James’s ‘Solution’”, in: The Cambridge Companion to William James, edited by Ruth Anna Putnam, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.: 1997. (PDF)
  • “On Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Mathematics”, in: Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, New Series, Vol. 97 (1997), pp. 195-222. Link
  • “Putting Two and Two Together: Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein and the Point of View for Their Work as Authors”, in: The Grammar of Religious Belief, edited by D.Z. Phillips, St. Martins Press, NY: 1996. (PDF Part I Part II)
  • “Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Anscombe on Moral Unintelligibility”, in: Religion and Morality, edited by D. Z. Phillips, St. Martins Press, NY: 1996. (PDF)
  • Words and Life – Hilary Putnam, Edited by James Conant, HUP: 1994. (Introduction)
  • “Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein and Nonsense”, in: Pursuits of Reason, edited by Ted Cohen, Paul Guyer and Hilary Putnam, Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock: 1993, pp. 195-224. (PDF)
  • “The Search for Logically Alien Thought: Descartes, Kant, Frege and the Tractatus“, in: The Philosophy of Hilary Putnam, Philosophical Topics, Vol. 20, No. 1 (1991), pp. 115-180. (PDF)
  • “On Bruns, on Cavell”, in: Critical Inquiry, Vol. 17, Spring 1991. Link
  • Realism with a Human Face – Hilary Putnam, Edited by James Conant, HUP: 1990. (Introduction Pt. 1, Pt. 2)
  • “Must We Show What We Cannot Say?”, in: The Senses of Stanley Cavell, edited by R. Fleming and M. Payne, Bucknell University Press, 1989. Link
  • “On Philosophical Ground”, in: Harvard Review, Vol. 1, No. 1 ((Fall 1986). (PDF)
Interviews in English

 

  • “Interview. Inheriting Wittgenstein: James Conant in Conversation with Niklas Forsberg, Part 2”, in: Nordic Wittgenstein Review, Volume 7, Issue 2, 2018. Pages 111-193. Link
  • “Interview. From Positivist Rabbi to Resolute Reader: James Conant in Conversation with Niklas Forsberg, Part 1”, in: Nordic Wittgenstein Review, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 131-160. Link
  • “Interview with Stanley Cavell”, in: The Senses of Stanley Cavell, edited by R. Fleming and M. Payne, Bucknell University Press, 1989. (PDF)
  • Jim Conant’s recorded lectures & interviews 

 

 

Selected Reviews by James Conant in English

 

  • “The Triumph of the Gift over the Curse in Stanley Cavell’s Little Did I Know”, Review of Little Did I Know by Stanley Cavell, in: MLN Comparative Literature Issue, Vol. 126, No. 5 (December 2011), pp. 1004-1013. PDF
  • “Throwing Away the Top of the Ladder”, Review of Wittgenstein, A Life: Young Ludwig, 1889-1921 by Brian McGuinness and The World as I Found It by Bruce Duffy, in: The Yale Review, Vol. 79, No. 3 (1991), pp. 328-364. PDF

 

Selected Publications in German
  • James Conant, “Einige sokratische Merkmale in Wittgensteins Philosophieverständnis”, in: Orientierung durch Kritik, ed. by Wolfram Gobsch and Jonas Held, Meiner, 2021, pp. 283-324. PDF
  • James Conant, “Wittgensteins Kritik am additiven Verständnis des sprachlichen Zeichens”, in: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Vol. 69, No. 1, 2021, pp. 1-24. PDF
  • James Conant, “Über Wittgensteins Philosophie der Mathematik (II)”, in: Wittgenstein und die Philosophie der Mathematik, Mentis Paderborn, 2018. PDF
  • James Conant, “Die Einheit des Erkenntnisvermögens bei Kant”, in: Selbstbewusstes Leben, ed. by Andrea Kern and Christian Kietzmann, 2017, pp. 229-269. PDF
  • James Conant, “Zur Möglichkeit Eines Sowohl Subjektiven Als Auch Objektiven Gedankens”, in: Perspektive und Fiktion Taschenbuch, ed. By Thomas Hilgers and Gertud Koch, Fink, Wilhelm; Auflage: 2017.
  • James Conant, “Philosophie als Lebenspraxis und Philosophie als Schreibpraxis”, in: Geschichte der Germanistik 49/50, 2016. pp. 134-144. PDF
  • “Kants Kritik des Schichtenmodells des menschlichen Geistes”, in Das Neue Bedürfnis nach Metaphysik ed. Andreas Speer, Suhrkamp 2015, pp. 137-149.  PDF
  • James Conant and Andrea Kern, “Analytischer Deutsche Idealismus: Vorwort zur Buchreihe”- (PDF) and Link to the book series
  • “Die Unsichtbarkeit einer perfekten Regie: Über Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, USA 1960)” in Angela Keppler, Judith-Frederike Popp u. Martin Seel (Hrsg.) Gesetz und Gewalt im Kino Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2015, pp. 258-280 PDF
  • James Conant, “Das Exemplarische bei Emerson und Nietzsche” in Christian Nenne u. Enrico Mueller (Hrsg.), Ohnmacht des Subjekts, Macht der Persoenlichkeit, Basel: Schwabe Verlag, 2014, pp. 207-225. PDF
  • “Die Dialektik von Natur und Kultur beim späten Nietzsche” in James Conant, Friedrich Nietzsche: Perfektionismus & Perspektivismus tr. by Joachim Schulte, Konstanz University Press, 2014. PDF
  • “Die Suche nach logisch fremdem Denken: Kant, Frege und der Tractatus”, tr. by  Bastian Reichardt, forthcoming in Bastian Reichardt and Alexander Samans (eds.) Freges Philosophie nach Frege. Münster: Mentis, 2013 .doc
  • Amerika als das philosophische Telos von Schillers literarischem Kantianismus” in Geschichte der Germanistik: Historische Zeitschrift für die Philologien vol. 43/44, 2013, pp.12-20 PDF
  • “Spielarten des Skeptizismus” in Skeptizismus und Metaphysik edited by Markus Gabriel, Akademie-Verlag, Berlin, 2012, pp. 21-72. PDF
  • “Von der mathematischen Logik zur Sprache: Wittgensteins spätere Kritik des Tractatus”, in Wittgenstein: Zu Philosophie und Wissenschaft, edited by Pirmin Stekeler, Felix Meiner Verlag, Berlin, 2012, pp. 30 – 62. PDF
  • Grenzen der Sprache: Eine Skizze von Wittgensteins Spätkritik am,Tractatus, XXIst Deutschen Kongreß für Philosophie, ed. Hans Julius Schneider und Carl Friedrich Gethmann, Academie Verlag, Leipzig, 2011.PDF
  • “Absorption – Die Ontologie einer Spielfilmwelt”, in Geschichte
    der Germanistik
    , Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, 2009 PDF
  • “Eine Leiter wird zum Fliegenglas,” in Eine Neue Geschichte der Deutschen Literatur, ed. David Wellbery, Judith Ryan and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Berlin University Press, Fall, 2008. PDF
  • “Die Welt eines Films”, Deutsche Zeitschrift Fuer Philosophie, Band 54, Heft 1 (Jan 2006). PDF
  • “Was ist Pragmatismus?”, in Wittgenstein Jahrbuch 2003, edited and translated by Richard  Raatzsch.
  • “Können unsere kognitiven Vermögen die Gegenstände selbst erreichen?”, in Hilary Putnam und die Tradition des Pragmatismus, edited by Marcus Willaschek and Marie-Louise Raters, Suhrkamp, 2002. PDF
  • “Freiheit, Wahrheit und Grausamkeit: Rorty und Orwell”, in Philosophie: Wissenchaft – Wirtschaft, edited by Rainer Born und Otto Neumaier, ÖBT & HPT, Vienna, 2001. PDF
  • “Stanley Cavells Wittgenstein”, in Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie (1998, Heft 2). PDF
  • James Conant “Die Spitze der Leiter wegwerfen”, 1991. PDF
Selected Interviews in German

 

  • “The Form of Our Life with Language.” Interview with James Conant, on Cogito, June, 2016. Link
  • James Conant. “Was Philosophie ist, ist eine philosophische Frage,” in Information Philosophie, vol. 3, 2016. Link
  • James Conant, “Philosophie ist keine Disziplin,” an interview which appeared in the December, 2015 issue of student!, an independent student newspaper in Leipzig, Germany. (PDF)
  • James Conant, “Wie Philosophen Probleme (auf)loesen,” LVZ-Online of the University of Leipzig. January 5, 2016. PDF

 

 

Selected Publications in French
  • “Nos pouvoirs cognitifs peuvent-ils atteindre les objets eux-memes?”, translated by Raphaël Ehrsam and Anne Le Goff, in Autour de L’Esprit et le monde, A. Le Goff and C. Al-Saleh, eds., Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, Paris, 2012. (PDF)
  • “Le perfectionnisme de Nietzsche”, translated by Pascal Duval, published for Amazon Kindle, available here – Link
  • “Orwell et la dictature des intellectuels”, in Agone, Vol. 41 – 42, 2009 – Link
  • “Jeter l’échelle”, in Europe, Vol. 82, No. 906, October 2004.
  • “Le premier, le second & le dernier Wittgenstein”, in Wittgenstein, dernières pensées, edited by Jacques Bouveresse, Sandra Laugier and Jean-Jacques Rosat, Agone, 2002. (PDF)
  • “Kafka en Floride” (Short Version), in Esprit, January 2002. (PDF)
  • “Kafka en Floride” (Long Version), in Éthique, littérature, vie humaine, edited by Sandra Laugier, Presses Universitaires de Prance, Paris, 2006.
  • “Deux conceptions de l’Überwindung der Metaphysik: Carnap et le premier Wittgenstein”, in Carnap et la philosophie analytique, edited by Sandra Laugier, Vrin, 2001. (PDF)
  • “Cavell et ses critiques à propos de la signification et de l’usage”, in Cycnos, vol. 17, no. 1, 2000 (PDF)
  • “Introduction à Hilary Putnam et Le Réalisme à Visage Humain“, Editions du Seuil, Paris: 1994 (PDF)
  • “Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, et leur point de vue sur leur oeuvre en tant qu’ auteurs”, in Europe, vol. 82, no. 906 (October 2004), 31-50. (PDF)
Selected Publications in Other Languages
  • “O Wittgenstein de Cavell”, in: Forma de Vida, No. 15, 2019. Link
  • “Algunos aspectos socráticos de Wittgenstein”, Cuadernos de la Catédra Ludwig Wittgenstein, Universidad Veracuzana: 2016. PDF
  • Συμμετρíες και ασυμμετρíες στον πρακτικó και τον θεωρητικó λóγο [Symmetries and Assymetries in Practical and Theoretical Reason] in ΔΕΥΚΑΛΙΩΝ [Deucalion], Vol.29, Issue 1-2, December 2012. PDF
  • “Rozjasnianie i nonsens u Fregego i wczesnego Wittgensteina”, in Wittgenstein – nowe spojrzenie, edited by Rupert Read and Alice Crary, 2009. PDF
  • “Introduzione”, in Realismo del volto umano by Hilary Putnam, trans. by Eva Picardi, Societa editrice il Mulino, 1995. PDF
  • “Le critiche del secundo Wittgenstein al Tractatus”, in Rileggere Wittgenstein, by James Conant and Cora Diamond, edited by Piergiorgio Donatelli (Roma: Carocci editori, 2010). PDF
  • “Φιλοσοφία & Κινηματογράφος” [“Philosophy and Cinema”], Cogito vol.5, Greece, 2006 PDF
  • “Filosofi og Biografi”, in Erfaring og Forståelse – Biografiens Teori og Praksis(Experience and Understanding – The Theory and Practice/Praxis of Biography), Unipub Forlag, Norge, 2008.
  • “Filosofi e biografia”, Iride, anno XIX n. 48 maggio-augusto 2006, pg. 303-318. PDF
  • “Αληθειαα ’ή Ελευθερια” [“Truth or Freedom”], Ο Ρολιτης, Ιούυιος 1999.
  • “ Stanley Cavells Wittgenstein”, Agora: Journal of Metafysisk Spekusasjon, nr. 1-2, Norge, 2008 PDF
  • “Il problema della forma di filosofia”, Iride (April, 1997) PDF
  • Realismo dal Valto Umano, SocietB editrice il Mulino, Rome: 1995)

Responses & Reviews

Selected Responses to James Conant’s Work
  • Dennis Schulting, “The Unity of Cognition, or, How to Read the Leitfaden (A79)”, in: The Bounds of Transcendental Logic, 2022. PDF
  • Krystian Bogucki, “Holism and Atomism in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”, in: Analiza i Egzystencja 55, 2021. PDF
  • Jacob Browning, “The Pittsburgh Kantians: Brandom, Conant, Haugeland, and McDowell on Kant”, in: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis (published online ahead of print 2021). Link
  • Victor Gijsbers, “Kantian and Cartesian Scepticism”, 2021. Link
  • Ingeborg Löfgren, “Nineteen Eighty-Four, Totalitarian Lived Skepticism, and Unlearning How to Love”, in: Policy Futures in Education, 2021. PDF
  • Raimundo Henriques, “The Tractatus as “an Exercise in Kierkegaardian Irony”, in: Teorema, XL/2, 2021. PDF
  • Christoph König, “The Unutterable as a Mode of Utterance: Wittgenstein’s Two Remarks on “Count Eberhard’s Hawthorn” by Ludwig Uhland”, in Wittgenstein Studien, Band 12 Heft 1, 2021. Link
  • Sanford Shieh, “What could be the Great Debt to Frege? or Gottlobius ab paene omni naevo vindicatus”, in: Disputatio, Vol. 10, No. 18, 2021. PDF
  • Henri Wagner, “C. I. Lewis on the Problem of the A Priori”, in: European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, XIII-2, 2021. Link
  • Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé, “Difficulty, Ethical Teaching, and Yearning for Transformation in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and Modernist Literature”, in A Different Order of Difficulty – Literature After Wittgenstein, University of Chicago Press, 2020. PDF
  • Pamela Ann J. Boongaling, “What Does it Mean to “Throw Away the Ladder”?: A Reductio ad Absurdum Argument from Wittgenstein’s Naturalism in the TLP”, in Principia 24(3), 2020. PDF
  • Marin Geier, “A Sellersian Transcendental Argument against External World Scepticism”, in: International Journal for the Study of Scepticism, 2020. Link
  • Ryan Simonelli, “The Normative/Agentive Correspondence”, in: Journal of Trcanscendental Philosophy, 2020. Link
  • Megan Quigley, “Reading Virginia Woof Logically: Resolute Approaches to The Voyage Out and Wittgenstein’s Tractatus“, in: Poetics Today, 41:1, 2020. Link
  • Kristin Boyce, “The Turn to Logic and the Transformation of an Ancient Quarrel”, in: Poetics Today 41:1, 2020. Link
  • Karl Schafer, “A System of Rational Facutlies Additive or Transformative?”, in: European Journal of Philosophy,  2020. PDF
  • Paul Standish, “On Being Resolute”, in: H. Applequist: Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language. pp. 134-158, 2020. PDF
  • Leila Haaparata, “Frege, Carnap, and the Limits of Asserting”, in: H. Applequist: Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language. pp. 115-132, 2020. PDF
  • Joseph Ulatowski, “Resolute Readings of Wittgenstein and Nonsense”, in: Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, Vol. 8, No. 10, 2020. PDF
  • Tyke Nunez, “Logical Mistakes, Logical Aliens, and the Laws of Kant’sPure General Logic”, in: Mind, Vol 128, Issue 512, 2019. Link
  • Iain Thompson “Rethinking the Analytic/Continental Divide”, in: I. Thompson, K. Becker, The Cambridge History of Philosophy, 1945-2015, 2019. PDF
  • Mauro Luiz Engelmann, “What Does it Take to Climb the Ladder? (A Sideways Approach)”, in: KRITERION, Belo Horizonte, No 140, pp. 591-611, August 2019. PDF
  • Arianna Longhi, “The Austere View of Nonsense in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus“, in: A. Siegetsleitner, A. Oberprantacher, M.-A. Frick, A. Tratter (eds.): Crisis and Critique: Philosophical Analysis and Current Events. Contributions of the 42nd International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg. pp. 151-153, 2019. PDF
  • Sam Whitman McGrath, “Envisioning a Worthwile Critique of Idealism: Reflections on the Frege-Wittgenstein Correspondence”, in: A. Siegetsleitner, A. Oberprantacher, M.-A. Frick, A. Tratter (eds.): Crisis and Critique: Philosophical Analysis and Current Events. Contributions of the 42nd International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg. pp. 160-162, 2019. PDF
  • Griffin Pion, “Taking Pictures in the Right Light”, in: A. Siegetsleitner, A. Oberprantacher, M.-A. Frick, A. Tratter (eds.): Crisis and Critique: Philosophical Analysis and Current Events. Contributions of the 42nd International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg. pp. 200-202, 2019. PDF
  • Paul Muench, “Pursuing Kierkegaard”, interviewed by Richard Marshall for 3:16am, 2019. Link
  • Mario Luiz Engelman: “Instructions for Climbing the Ladder (The Minimalism of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus)”, in: Philosophical Investigations, pp. 446-470, October 2018. PDF
  • Jan Wawrzyniak, “What are the so-called theses of the Tractatus? Wittgenstein’s Ladder”, in: Analiza i Egzystencja, 28, 2017. English abstract of polish paper.
  • Peter Keicher, “Bemerkungen zum Begriff der “Wende”. Ethische und ästhetische Aspekte der Schriften des philosophischen Nachlasses Ludwig Wittgensteins”. In Anja Weiberg & Stefan Majetschak (eds.), Aesthetics Today: Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics of Nature and of Arts. Proceedings of the 39th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg. De Gruyter. pp. 365-386, 2017. PDF
  • Sacha Golob, “The Separability of Understanding and Sensibility: A Reply to James Conant”, Critique, September 18, 2017. PDF
  • David Rowthorn, “Nietzsche’s cultural elitism”, in: Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 47, No. 1, 97-115, 2017. PDF
  • Dennis Schulting, “The Unity of Cognition and the Subjectivist vs. “Transformative” Approaches to the B-Deduction. Comments on James Conant”, Critique, September 18, 2017. PDF
  • Christoph König, “”Ich bin dein Labyrinth …”. Zur poetischen Klugheit in Nietsches “Dionysos-Dithyramben””, In Nietzsche und die Lyrik, J.B. Metzler, 2017. PDF
  • Konrad Werner, “What is it like to be the Metaphysical Subject? An Essay on Early Wittgenstein, our Epistemic Position, and Beyond” in Philosophia 44, 2016, pp. 921–946. PDF
  • Christoph König, “Exemplarischsein nach James Conant” in Geschichte der Germanistik 47/48, 2016. pp. 90-95. PDF
  • Enrico Müller, “Zwischen Elite und Exempel” in Geschichte der Germanistik 47/48, 2016. pp. 83-90 PDF
  • Sacha Golob, “On James Conant’s “Why Kant was nor a Kantian””. in Philosophical Topics Vol 44, 2016. PDF
  • Miltos Theodossiou, “Non-Discursivity in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus: Is a Conceptualist Reading of the Saying/Showing Distinction Possible?” in Ludwig Wittgenstein between Analytic Philosophy and Apophaticism, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. PDF
  • Sofia Miguens, “Could There Be a Logical Alien?” in Mind, Language and Action: Proceedings of the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium, ed. Annalisa Coliva, Volker Munz and Daniele Moyal-Sharrock. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015: 283-296.
  • Guido Kreis, “Kant und das Problem des Gegebenen: Antwort auf James Conant,” in The New Desire for Metaphysics, ed. by Markus Gabriel, Wolfram Hogrebe, Andreas Speer. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015, pp. 151-57. PDF
  • Sanford Shieh, “How Rare Is Chairman Mao? Dummett, Frege and the Austere Conception of Nonsense” in Bernhard Weiss (ed.) Michael Dummett on Analytical Philosophy New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 84-134.  PDF
  • Sebastian Wyss, “Does Wittgenstein have a Method? The Challenges of Conant and Schulte, Forthcoming in Nordic Wittgenstein Review 4 (1) 2015. PDF
  • Alessandra Tanesini, “On Logical Aliens”, in Admir Skodo (ed.) Other Logics – Alternatives to Formal Logic in the History of Thought and Contemporary Philosophy. Brill, Leiden, 2014. PDF
  • Davide Sparti, “Philosophy as Therapy – On some Analogies Between Wittgenstein and Freud”, in The European Journal of Psychoanalysis, online, 2014. Link
  • Cora Diamond, “Between Realism and Rortianism: Conant, Rorty, and the Disappearance of Options”, in The Harvard Philosophical Review, vol. xxi, 2014, pp. 56-75.  PDF
  • Jean-Philippe Narboux, “How Showing Takes Care of Itself,” in Philosophical Topics, Vol. 42, No. 2 (2014), pp. 201-262. PDF
  • Verschuren, Sebastiaan A. (2014) “Johannes Climacus reads the Tractatus” in Wittgenstein-Studien Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 57–88. PDF
  • Paolo Tripodi, “Wittgenstein: Necessity, Imagination, and Metaphilosophy” in Philosophical Inquiries, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2013), pp. 55-78. PDF
  • Edmund Dain, “Nonsense,” in New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement: Ethics and Philosophy, Vol. 3, 2013: 1081-1083. PDF
  • Peter van Inwagen, “Philosophy, politics, and objective truth” in euresis, vol. 5, Summer 2013, pp. 191-208. PDF
  • Yannick Walter (2013) “Der Skeptizismus-Begriffs in Saul Kripkes Wittgenstein-Lesart – Eine Statusanalyse, zweiter Teil”, in Texturen Online | Zeitschrift für den Literaturbetrieb 2011-2013 – Link
  • Piergiorgio Donatelli, “Reshaping Ethics after Wittgenstein”, Wittgenstein-Studien. Volume 4, Issue 1, (Jan 2013) Pages 207–232. PDF
  • Genia Schoenbaumsfeld, “Kierkegaard and the Tractatus”, in Peter Sullivan and Michael Potter (eds.), Wittgenstein’s Tractatus: History and Interpretation, Oxford, UK: OUP, 2013, pp. 59-75 PDF
  • Cameron Hessell (2013), “On the Unintelligibilty of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus”, in Philosophical Investigations, Vol. 36, Issue 2 (April 2013), pp. 133 -154. PDF
  • Ben Ware (2013): “Wittgenstein, modernity and the critique of modernism”, in Textual Practice,  Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 187 – 2054 PDF
  • Stephen Mulhall, “Orchestral Metaphysics: The Birth of Tragedy between Drama, Opera, and Philosophy”, The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Volume 44, Issue 2, Summer 2013, pp. 246-263 PDF
  • Silver Bronzo: “The Resolute Reading and Its Critics: An Introduction to the Literature”, Wittgenstein-Studien, Vol. 3, 2012, pp. 45-80 PDF
  • Danny Krämer, Wittgensteins Tractatus – Unsinn oder Unsinn mit Sinn?Doctoral Dissertation, University of Erfurt, published by Grin Verlag (2012). Link
  • Nikolay Milkov “Wittgenstein’s Method: The Third Phase of Its Development (1933-36)” in Knowledge, Language and Mind: Wittgenstein’s Thought in Progress, Antonio Marques, Nuno Venturinha (eds.) de Gruyter, 2012. PDF
  • Jamie Turnbull, “Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and Conant’s Conceptual Confusion” in Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook. Volume 2012, Issue 1, Pages 337-366. PDF
  • Ray Monk (2012), “Catching the Tone”, The Philosopher’s Magazine, First Quarter, 2012; pp. 59 – 65. PDF
  • Christoph Koenig, “Das verlorene Unaussprechliche. Wittgensteins Bemerkungen über das Gedicht ‘Graf Eberhards Weißdorn’ von Ludwig Uhland”. In: Wittgenstein übersetzen. Hg. von Matthias Kroß und Esther Ramharter. Berlin: Parerga-Verlag 2012, S. 77-102. PDF
  • John McDowell (2012), “RÉPONSE À JAMES CONANT”, in A. Le Goff and C. Al-Saleh (eds.), Autour de L’Esprit et le monde, Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, Paris 2012. PDF
  • Tamara Dobler, “Two Conceptions of Wittgenstein’s Contextualism”, in: Lodz Papers in Pragmatics 7.2/Special Issue on Context and Contextualism, 2011, pp. 189-204. PDF
  • Martin Stokhof, “The Quest for Purity: Another Look at the New Wittgenstein”, Croatian Journal of Philosophy, issue: 33 / 2011, pp. 275­ – 294  PDF
  • Jeffrey Church, “Two concepts of culture in the early Nietzsche” in European Journal of Political Theory 2011,10, pp.327-349 PDF
  • James R. Atkinson (2011), “Nonsense and Two Intepretations of the Tractatus“, Chapter 9 of The Mystical in Wittgensteins Early Writings, London, Routledge. PDF
  • Cahill, Kevin (2011) The Fate of Wonder, New York: Columbia University Press, Chs. 1 & 2. PDF
  • Roger M. White, “Throwing the Baby Out with the Ladder: On “Therapeutic” Readings of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus” in Beyond The Tractatus Wars: The New Wittgenstein Debate.  Edited by Rupert Read, Matthew A. Lavery, Routledge, 2011. PDF
  • Oskari Kuusela, “The Dialectic of Interpretations: Reading Wittgenstein’s Tractatus” in Beyond The Tractatus Wars: The New Wittgenstein Debate.  Edited by Rupert Read, Matthew A. Lavery, Routledge, 2011. PDF
  • Vaccari, Alessio “Perfezionismo e critica della morale in Friedrich Nietzsche”, Iride, Anno XXIV, Aprile 2011, pp.129-144. PDF
  • Schoenbaumsfeld, Genia (2010),” ‘Resolution’ – An Illusion of Sense?“, in Proceedings of the 32nd International Wittgenstein-Symposium, Ontos Verlag, Vienna. PDF
  • Laugier, Sandra (2010) “Le Non-Sens de la Métaphysique et le Non-Sens de L’Éthique” in Wittgenstein – Le mythe de l’inexpressivité, Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, Paris. PDF
  • Worthington, Bernard A.: “Conant, Diamond and Tractatus 6.54”, in: Wittgenstein-Studien 1, Berlin / New York 2010, 21-37.  PDF
  • Whiting, Daniel (2010) “Particular and General: Wittgenstein, Linguistic Rules, and Context” in The Later Wittgenstein on Language, Palgrave MacMillan, New York. PDF
  • Schneider, Hans-Julius (2010). “Sätze können nichts höheres ausdrücken” in Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 58, 1. PDF
  • Bronzo, Silver (2010), “La lettura risoluta e i suoi critici: breve guida alla letteratura”, in Rileggere Wittgenstein, Carocci, Rome. PDF
  • Schneider, Hans-Julius (2010), “Stellungnahmen”, in In Sprachspiele Verstrickt, Walter de Gruyter Verlag, Berlin. PDF
  • Alessio Vaccari “The Perfectionist Dimension in Friedrich Nietzsche’s Critique of Morality” In Tελoς, Vol. XVII/2, 2010 (171-187). PDF
  • Michael Maurer (2009), “Is the Resolute Reading Really Inconsistent?: Trying to Get Clear on Hacker versus Conant/Diamond”, in Language and World: Papers of the 32nd International Wittgenstein Symposium, edited by Volker A. Munz, Klaus Puhl, and Joseph Wang, Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society; pp. 256 – 259. PDF
  • Daniel Hutto (2009), “Philosophical Clarification, Its Possibility and Point”, in Philosophia, Vol. 37; pp. 629 – 652. PDF
  • Laugier, Sandra “Le Usages du Non-Sens: Ethique e Metaphysique Dans Le Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus” in Chrisitane Chauvire (ed.) Lire le Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus de Wittgenstein (Paris: Vrin 2009) pp. 239-273.
  • Peter van Inwagen, “Was George Orwell a Metaphysical Realist?”(2008), in Philosophia Scientiæ, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 161 – 185. PDF
  • Dain, Edmund (2008) “Wittgenstein, Contextualism, and Nonsense”, Journal of Philosophical Research, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 101-125. PDF
  • Bastianelli, Marco, “Conclusione: Oltre i Limiti des Linguaggio” in Oltre i Limiti del Linguaggio: il Kantismo nel Tractatus di Wittgenstein, Mimesis, Milan, 2008. PDF
  • Cheung, Leo K.C. (2008) “The Disenchantment of Nonsense: Understanding Wittgenstein’s Tractatus”, Philosophical Investigations, 31, 3, pp. 197-226. PDF
  • Michael Morris and Julian Dodd (2007), “Mysticism and Nonsense in the Tractatus“, in European Journal of Philosophy; pp. 1 – 30. PDF
  • Phillips, D. Z. (2007) “Locating Philosophy’s Cool Place”, in D.Z. Phillips’ Contemplative Philosophy of Religion, ed. Andy Sanders, Ashgate Publishing, Burlington. PDF
  • Soren Overgaard (2007), “The Ethical Residue of Language in Levinas and Wittgenstein”, in Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 33, No. 2; pp. 223 – 249. PDF
  • Bruce Howes (2007), “‘Rethinking’ the Preface of the Tractatus“, Philosophical Investigations, Volume 30, Number 1, pp. 3 – 24. PDF
  • Mulhall, Stephen (2007) “Wittgenstein’s Temple: Three Styles of Philosophical Architecture”, in D.Z. Phillips’ Contemplative Philosophy of Religion, ed. Andy Sanders, Ashgate Publishing, Burlington. PDF
  • Paul Muench, “Understanding Kierkegaard’s Johannes Climacus in the Postscript: Mirror of the Reader’s Faults or Socratic Exemplar?,” Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2007, edited by Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Hermann Deuser and others (Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2007), pp. 424 – 440. PDF
  • Rorty, Richard (2007), “Wittgenstein and the Linguistic Turn” in his Philosophy as Cultural Politics (vol.4 of Collected Papers), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. PDF
  • Colin Johnston, “Symbols in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus“, in The European Journal of Philosophy (2007), Vol. 15, No. 3; pp. 367 – 394. PDF
  • Schönbaumsfeld, Genia (2007) A confusion of the spheres, Oxford University Press, Oxford, chapter 1 and chapter 4.
  • Anne-Marie Christensen (2007), “Depending on Ethics: Kierkegaard’s Viewof Philosophy and Beyond”, in Res Cogitans, no. 4, vol. 1, pp. 1-19. PDF
  • Pasquale Frascolla (2006), “Understanding Wittgenstein’s Tractatus”, Routledge. Link
  • David G. Stern (2006), “How Many Wittgensteins?”, in a. Pichler and S. Säätelä (eds.), Wittgenstein: The Philosopher and his Works, , Frankfurt am Main; Ontos Verlag. PDF
  • Jörg Volbers (2006), “Philosophie als Lehre oder als Tätigkeit? Über eine neue Lesart des „Tractatus“”, in Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Heft .
  • Dain, Edmund (2006) “Contextualism and Nonsense in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus”, South African Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 91-101. PDF
  • Phil Hutchinson and Rupert Read (2006), “An Elucidatory Interpretation of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus“, in International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp. 1 – 29. PDF
  • Rupert Read (2006), “A No-Theory?”, in Philosophical Investigations, Vol. 29, No. 1; pp. 73-81. PDF
  • McManus, Denis, “The Method of the Tractatus” in The Enchantment of Words: Wittgenstein’s Tractatus logico-philosophicus, Oxford University Pres, Oxford, 2006. PDF
  • Kuusela, O. (2006) ‘Resolute and Ineffability Readings and the Tractatus’Failure’. In Pihlström, S., ed., Wittgenstein and the Method of Philosophy Acta Philosophica Fennica, Vol. 80, Helsinki: Philosophical Society of Finland. PDF
  • White, Roger (2006), Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Continuum, London, final chapter. PDF
  • McGinn, Marie, “The One Great Problem” in Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein’s early philosophy of language and logic, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006. PDF
  • Del Pinal, “On Nonsense in the Tractatus: A Defense of the Austere Conception” in Eleuteria, Winter, 2004 (Part I – PDF) & Spring, 2005 (Part II – PDF)
  • Stanley Cavell, Response to James Conant in Contending with Stanley Cavell, ed. Russell B.. Goodman, Oxford University Press 2005, pp.167-169 PDF
  • Nordman, Alfred (2005) Wittgenstein’s Tractatus An Introduction, chapter 2 “The argument”, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. PDF
  • Diamond, Cora (2005) “Logical Syntax in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus”, The Philosophical Quarterly, 55, 218, 2005, pp. 78-89. PDF
  • Piergiorgio Donatelli (2004), “Wittgenstein, Ethics, and Religion: Earlier and Later”, in Wittgenstein Today, edited by Annalisa Coliva and Eva Picardi, Il Poligrafo, Padua, pp. 447 – 464. PDF
  • Cahill, Kevin (2004), “Ethics and the Tractatus: A Resolute Failure”, Philosophy, 79, 1, pp. 33-55. PDF
  • Glock, Hans-Johann (2004) “All Kinds of Nonsense”, in Wittgenstein at Work: Method in the Philosophical Investigations, ed. Erich Ammereller and Eugene Fischer, Routledge, London. PDF
  • Sullivan, Peter (2004) “What is the Tractatus About?”, in Wittgenstein’s Lasting Significance, ed. Max Kölbel and Bernhard Weiss, Routledge, London. PDF
  • Williams, Meredith (2004), “Nonsense and the Cosmic Exile: the Austere Reading of the Tractatus, Wittgenstein’s Lasting Significance, ed. Max Kölbel and Bernhard Weiss, Routledge, London. PDF
  • Hutto, Daniel D, (2004) “More Making Sense of Nonsense: from logical form to forms of life” in Post-Analytic Tractatus ed. Barry Stocker, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot. PDF
  • Costello, Diarmuid (2004) “‘Making Sense’ of Nonsense: Conant and Diamond Read Wittgenstein’s Tractatus in Post-Analytic Tractatus, ed. Barry Stocker, Ashgate Publishing Co., Burlington. PDF
  • Schonbaumsfeld, Genia (2004) “No New Kierkegaard”, International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 4, Issue 176, pp. 519-534. PDF
  • Peter Johnson (2004), “Truth Drops Out”, in: P. Johnson, Moral Philosophers and the Novel, Ch. 8. PDF
  • Ingeborg Löfgren (2003), “Two Examples of Ordinary Language Criticism: Reading Conant Reading Rorty Reading Orwell – Interpretation at the Intersection of Philosophy and Literature”, in: D. Rudrum, R. Askin, F. Beckman, New Directions in Philosophy and Literature, pp. 258-278. PDF
  • Soren Stenlund (2003), “Aesthetics and Critique of Culture”, in The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 15, Nos. 27-28; pp. 178 – 184. PDF
  • Thomas A. Meyer (2003), “Wittgenstein, Moore, and Therapy”, in Knowledge and Belief, edited by Winfried Löffler and Paul Weingartner, Proceedings of The Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2003, pp. 236- 239. PDF
  • Sullivan, Peter and Moore, A.W. (2003), “Ineffability and Nonsense”, The Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 77, 1, pp. 169-193. PDF
  • Hacker, P.M.S. (2003) “Wittgenstein, Carnap and the New American Wittgensteinians”, The Philosophical Quarterly, 53, 210, pp. 1-23. PDF
  • Gargani, Aldo Giorgio, “The New Wittgenstein: Frege e Wittgenstein”, in Wittgenstein: Dalla verità al senso della verita, Edizioni Plus-Università di Pisa, 2003. PDF
  • Milkov, Nikolay (2003), “The Method of the Tractatus“, Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 239-241 PDF
  • Koethe, John (2003) “On the ‘Resolute’ Reading of the Tractatus”, Philosophical Investigations, 26, 3, 2003, pp. 187-204. PDF
  • Read, Rupert & Deans, Rob (2003) “Nothing is Shown”, Philosophical Investigations, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 239-268. PDF
  • Gisela Bengtsson (2002), “On the Austere Conception of Nonsense”, in Proceedings of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society; pp. 25 – 27. PDF
  • Anton Alterman: “The New Wittgenstein (review)” in Journal of the History of Philosophy, Volume 39, Number 3, July 2001, pp. 456-457 PDF
  • Kai Nielsen, “Wittgenstein and Wittgensteinians on Religion”, in Naturalism and Religion, Prometheus Press, 2001, pp. 317-371. PDF
  • James Ryerson, “The Quest for Uncertainty: Richard Rorty’s Pragmatic Pilgrimage”, Lingua Franca, Volume 10, No. 9—December 2000/January 2001. Link
  • McGinn, Marie (2001), “Saying and Showing and the Continuity of Wittgenstein’s Thought”, Harvard Review of Philosophy, Vol. 9, pp. 24-23. PDF
  • Moore, A.W. and Sullivan, Peter (2003) “Ineffability and Nonsense”, The Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 77, 1, pp. 169-193. PDF
  • Mounce, H.O. (2001) “Critical Notice of The New Wittgenstein”, Philosophical Investigations, 24, 2, pp. 185-192. PDF
  • Narboux, Jean-Philippe (2001), “La logique peut-elle prendre soin d’elle-même?”, Critique, 59, 654. PDF
  • Proops, Ian (2001) “The New Wittgenstein: A Critique”, European Journal of Philosophy, 9, 3, pp. 375-404. PDF
  • Krebs, Victor J. (2001), “‘Around the axis of our real need’: On the Ethical Point of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy”, in European Journal of Philosophy, 9, 3, pp. 344-374. PDF
  • Richard Rorty, “Response to James Conant” in Rorty and his Critics ed. Robert Brandom, Blackwell, 2000. pp.342-350 PDF
  • Lippit, John (2000) “On Authority and Revocation: Climacus as Humorist” in Anthropology and Authority: Essays on Soren Kirkegaard eds. Paul Houe, Gordon D. Marino, and Sven Hakon Rossel, Rodopi, Amsterdam. PDF
  • Rudd, Anthony John (2000) “On Straight and Crooked Readings: Why the Postscrip Does Not Self-Destruct” in Anthropology and Authority: Essays on Soren Kirkegaard eds. Paul Houe, Gordon D. Marino, and Sven Hakon Rossel, Rodopi, Amsterdam. PDF
  • Gustafsson, Martin (2000) Entangled Sense. An Inquiry into the Philosophical Significance of Meaning and Rules, Ph.D. Dissertation, Uppsala. PDFs:Chapter I, Chapter II
  • Hacker, P.M.S., “Was He Trying To Whistle It?” in The New Wittgenstein, ed. Alice Crary and Rupert Read, Routledge, New York, 2000. PDF
  • Rorty, Richard (2000), “Response to Conant” in Richard Rorty and His Critics, edited by Robert Brandom, Blackwell, Oxford. PDF
  • McGinn, Marie (1999), “Between Metaphysics and Nonsense: Elucidation in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus”, “The Philosophical Quarterly”, 49, 197, pp. 491-513. PDF
  • Michael Weston, “Evading the Issue: The Strategy of Kierkegaard’s Postscript“, in Philosophical Investigations, Vo. 22, No. 1, January 1999, pp. 30 – 64. PDF
  • Phillips, D.Z. (1999) Philosophy’s Cool Place, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, PDF chapter 1 and chapter 2
  • Vipperman, Kristy (1999), “Climacus the (Multidimensional) Humorist”,Religious Studies. Volume 35, pp. 347 – 362 PDF
  • Reid, Lynette (1998) “Wittgenstein’s Ladder: the Tractatus and Nonsense”, Philosophical Investigations, 21, 2, pp. 97-151. PDF
  • Donatelli, Piergiorgio (1998), “Logica e Metodo Filosofico nel Tractatus”, in Wittgenstein e l’Etica, Laterza, Rome. PDF
  • John Lippitt and Daniel Hutto (1998), “Making Sense of Nonsense”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Volume 98, Issue 3, pp. 263 – 286. (PDF)
  • Lippit, John (1997) “A Funny Thing Happened to me on the Way to Salvation”, Religious Studies, 33, pp. 181-202. PDF
  • Putnam, Hilary (1991),”Reply to James Conant” in The Philosophy of Hilary Putnam, Philosophical Topics, Vol. 20, No. 1. PDF
  • Bruns, Gerald,  “Reply to Crewe and Conant,” in Critical Inquiry, Vol. 17, No. 3, Spring 1991 PDF
Selected Reviews of James Conant’s Work
  • João Esteves da Silva, “Wittgenstein on Philosophy, Objectivity, and Meaning: James Conant and Sebastian Sunday (eds.)”, in: Nordic Wittgenstein Review 10, 2021. PDF
  • Steven Methven, “The Logical Alien. Conant and His Critics”, in Mind, 2021. PDF
  • Rosanna Wannberg, “The Logical Alien: Conant and his Critics”, in Metapsychology Online Reviews, Vol. 2, No. 8, 2021. Link
  • Rosanna Wannberg, “Penser comme un Autre”, in La Vie des idées, 2021. Link
  • Daniele Mezzadri, “The Logical Alien. Conant and His Critics”, in The Philosophical Quarterly, 2021. PDF
  • Nicola Spinelli, “Sofia Miguens (Ed.): The Logical Alien: Conant and his Critics”, in Phenomenological Reviews, 2020. Link
  • Hugo Strandberg, “The Logical Alien. Conant and His Critics”, in Philosophical Investigations, 2021. PDF
  • David G. Stern, “Wittgenstein on Philosophy, Objectivity, and Meaning”, in Mind, 2020. PDF
  • Hicham-Stéphane Afeissa, “E.T. peut-il porter la contradiction?” In Nonfiction – Le quotidien des livres et des idées, June 5, 2020. Website
  • Hans Ruin, “Was heisst: sich in Nietzsche orientieren? A Review of a Selection of Recent Literature”, in Nietzsche-Studien, Bd. 47, H. 1, 2018. Link
  • Sebastian Bürkle, Reviewed Work: Perfektionismus & Perspektivismus, in Philosophisches Jahrbuch 123: 1, 2016, pp. 242 – 244. PDF
  • Adam Leite, “Some Thoughts on Varieties of Skepticism by James Conant and Andrea Kern (eds.)” in Nordic Wittgenstein Review, 4:2, 2015, pp. 146-52. PDF
  • Enrico Mueller, “Zwischen Elite und Exempel. Nietzsche als Erzieher – Zu James Conant: “Friedrich Nietzsche. Perfektionismus und Perspektivismus” in Geschicte der Germanistik, 47/48: 2015, pp. 83-89.
  • Christoph Koenig, “Exemplarischsein nach James Conant. Bemerkungen zu einem Satz aus Nietzsches “Also sprach Zarathustra,” in Geschichte der Germanistik, 47/48: 2015, pp. 90-95.
  • Saar Martin (2014) “Nietzsche in Bewegung. Über: James Conant. Friedrich Nietzsche” in Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie Band 62, Heft 6, pp. 1194-1200. PDF
  • Juliane Rebentisch, “Schluss mit dem Übermenschen-Klischee” [Review of James Conant, Friedrich Nietzsche: Perfektionismus und Perspektivismus], in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 26.08.2014, Feuilleton, S. 10. PDF
  • Patrick Dupouey, “Vérité, réalité objective et liberté selon Orwell”  in l’Humanite.fr, 10.1.2013 Link
  • Kenza Sefrioui, “Vérité, liberté, même combat” in Economia, July 2013. Link
  • Laurence Harang, Reviewed work: Orwell ou le pouvoir de la verite, Promenades Philosophiques, November 7, 2012 Link
  • Pasquale Frascola “Sulla cosiddetta lettura risoluta des Tractatus”, Iride, 2011. PDF
  • Martin Gustafsson, “Why does Resoluteness Matter to Philosophy?”, Iride, 2011. English PDF (italian translation)
  • Frascola Pasquale, and Gustaffson, Martin “Rileggere Wittgenstein di James Conant e Cora Diamond” Iride, Anno XXIV, Aprile 2011, pp. 199-210 PDF
  • Wolfgang Kienzler, Reviewed work: The Method of the Tractatus, Philosophische Rundschau, Volume 55 (2008), pp. 95 -122 PDF
  • Heather J. Gert, Reviewed Work: Wittgenstein’s Lasting Significance, in Mind, Vol. 115, April, 2006; pp. 427 – 430.  PDF
  • Patrick Horn, Reviewed work: Post-Analytic Tractatus, Philosophical Investigations, Volume 29, Number 2 (2006), pp. 198 -215 PDF
  • Denis McManus, Reviewed Works: The New Wittgenstein and Wittgenstein in America, in Mind,Vol. 114, 2005; pp. 129 – 137. PDF Denis McManus, Reviewed work: The Method of the Tractatus, Mind, Volume 114 (January 2005), pp. 129-137 (PDF)
  • Cheryl Schotten, Reviewed Work: Nietzsche’s Postmoralism, in Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2004; pp. 241- 344 – PDF
  • David Boersema, Reviewed work: The Road Since Structure, Essays in Philosophy, Vol. 5 No. 2, June 2004 – Link
  • John Tietz, Reviewed work: Hilary Putnam: Pragmatism and Realism, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 57, No. 3 (Mar., 2004), pp. 613-615 Link
  • Rupert Read, The Road Since Structure, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 55, No. 1 (Mar., 2004), pp. 175-178 Link
  • Boersema, David (2003) “Review of “Hilary Putnam: Pragmatism and Realism”,” Essays in Philosophy: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 12. PDF
  • Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 53, No. 211 (Apr., 2003), pp. 298-301 Link
  • Kevin C. Klement, Reviewed Work: From Frege to Wittgenstein, in Review of Metaphysics,Vol. 57, no. 1 (September, 2003); pp. 177 -178.  PDF
  • Juan Vicente Mayoral de Lucas, Reviewed work: El camino desde la estructura, Revista de libros de la Fundación Caja Madrid, No. 78 (Jun., 2003), pp. 17-18 Link
  • Oskari Kuusela, Reviewed work: Post-Analytic Tractatus, in European Journal of Philosophy, Volume 16, Issue 3 December 2008; pp. 478–482. PDF
  • Peter Lipton, “Kant on Wheels” [Review of The Road since Structure], in Social Epistemology,Volume 17Issue 2-3, 2003; pp. 215 -219. Social Epistemology, Volume 17Issue 2-3, 2003; pp. 215 -219. PDF
  • Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Howard Sankey, Reviewed work: The Road Since Structure, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 53, No. 1 (Mar., 2002), pp. 137-142 Link
  • Gabor Forrai, University of Miskolc, Reviewed work: Hilary Putnam: Pragmatism and realism, Notre Dame Philosophyical Reviews (July 11, 2002) Link
  • Kelly Jolley, Reviewed work: Philosophy and Biography, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Volume 40, Number 4 (2002), pp. 552 -554 (PDF)
  • Martin Gustafsson, Reviewed Work: Rorty and His Critics, in The Philosophical Review, Vol. 110. No. 4 (Oct., 2001); pp. 645 – 650. (PDF)
  • Peter Lipton, Reviewed work: The Road Since Structure, London Review of Books, 19 July, 2001 – Link
  • R. J Bogdan, Reviewed Work: The Road since Structure, in the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol 21 (2), Fall 2001, pp. 183-184 Link
  • H. O. Mounce, Reviewed work: The New Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, Volume 24, No. 2 (April 2001), pp. 185-192 (PDF)
  • Steve Fuller, Reviewed work: The Road Since Structure, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Spring, 2001), pp. 251-253 Link
  • Mark Blaug, Work Reviewed: The Road since Structure, History of Political Economy, Volume 33, Number 4, Winter 2001, pp. 855-857. Link
  • Pierre-Gilles De Gennes. Reviewed Work: The Road Since Structure,  Physics Today, Mar 2001, Vol. 54 Issue 3, pp. 53-54 Link
  • Barry Barnes, Reviewed work: The Road since Structure, The British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 34, No. 3 (Sep., 2001), pp. 341-343 Link
  • Gürol Irzik, Reviewed work: The Road since Structure,  Philosophy of Science, Vol. 68, No. 4 (Dec., 2001), pp. 573-575 Link
  • Joseph Margolis, Reviewed work: Words and Life, The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 49, No. 194 (Jan., 1999), pp. 105-109 Link
  • Emrys Westacott, Reviewed Work: Words and Life, in Philosophy and Social Criticism,January, 1998; vol. 24, no. 1; pp. 103 – 108.  PDF
  • Isaac Nevo, Reviewed work: Words and Life, European Journal of Philosophy, Volume 5, Number 1 (1997), pp. 75 -82 (PDF)
  • Max de Gaynesford, Reviewed Work: Words and Life, Radical Philosophy, Issue #76, March/April 1996
  • John Haldane, Reviewed work: Words and Life, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Dec., 1995), pp. 426-427 Link
  • Christopher Hookway, Words and Life, Philosophy, Vol. 70, No. 273 (Jul., 1995), pp. 460-463 Link
  • Barry Allen, Reviewed work: Realism with a Human Face, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Dec., 1994), pp. 665-688 Link
  • Joseph Margolis, Reviewed work: Realism with a Human Face. The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 177 (Oct., 1994), pp. 519-527 Link
  • Mark Sacks, Reviewed work: Realism with a Human Face, Mind, New Series, Vol. 101, No. 401 (Jan., 1992), pp. 191-195 Link
  • Richard Foley, Reviewed work: Realism with a Human Face, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Sep., 1991), pp. 143-144 Link
  • Christopher Peacocke, Reviewed Work: Realism With a Human Face, TLS; 2/22/91, Issue 4586, p. 21
  • Terry Skeats, Reviewed work: Realism with a Human Face, Library Journal, Volume 117 (1991)
  • Bernard Williams, Reviewed Work: Realism With a Human Face, London Review of Books, Vol 13, No. 3 (February 7, 1991), pp. 12 – 13 Link

Teaching

Recent Courses taught at University of Chicago

Please refer to James Conant’s UChicago webpage

Recent Courses Taught Outside the United States

Austria

Kirchberg am Wechsel

11th Wittgenstein Summer School 2015
James Conant, Cora Diamond and Martin Gustafsson co-taught the 11th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School on the topic of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. The Summer School took place from the 30th of July to the 3rd of August, 2019 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. The event was sponsored by the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Institute. For more information, click here.

7th Wittgenstein Summer School 2015
James Conant and Cora Diamond co-taught the 7th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School on the topic of Wittgenstein on Following a Rule: Philosophical Investigations, Sections 185 – 242. The Summer School took place from the 5th to the 8th of August, 2015 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. The event was sponsored by the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Institute. This Summer School is devoted to a close reading of sections 185 to 242 of the Philosophical Investigations and closely related writings from the Nachlass. For more information, click here. Recordings of the summer school can be accessed here.

5th Wittgenstein Summer School 2013
James Conant and Cora Diamond co-taught the 5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summerschool from the 7th to the 10th of August 2013 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. The event is sponsored by the the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Institute. This Summer School is devoted to a close reading of sections 89 to 133 of the Philosophical Investigations and closely related writings from the Nachlass, especially the earlier draft of those sections found in the Philosophy chapter of The Big Typescript. Recordings of the Kirchberg summer school can be accessed by clicking here. For more information about this event, click here.

 

Denmark

Århus

Why Kant is not a Kantian
The course seeks to show how a proper understanding of the structure of the B Deduction—the philosophical lynchpin of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason—reveals its aim to be one of making sense of our capacities for sensibility and understanding in the light of each other: each is shown to depend on its relation to the other to be the sort of faculty that it is in a finite rational being. For more information, click here.

 

Finland

University of Helsinki

Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus April 2000.
The focus of the course is on evaluating and advancing ongoing debates in the contemporary secondary literature concerning how best to interpret the overall aims, methods, and doctrines of the Tractatus. Some attention will also be given to the following topics: Wittgenstein’s early criticisms of the views of Frege and Russell, the history of the reception of the Tractatus in Anglo-American philosophy, the relation between Wittgenstein’s pre-Tractatus writings and the Tractatus itself, and the relation between Wittgenstein’s early and later thought. Readings will include texts by Frege, Russell, Ramsey, Carnap, Anscombe, Geach, McGuiness, Hacker, Goldfarb, Ricketts, Diamond, Kremer, Sullivan, White, and Floyd. (III) Winter 2008. Syllabus

 

France

 

Amiens, Université de Picardie Jules Verne

McDowell, Putnam, and Travis on Perception, October 2007.
The course is a comparison of the views of three leading philosophers presently working on central topics in the philosophy of perception, each of whom takes his work in this area to be building on the insights of the later Wittgenstein and each of whom has a different understanding of the implications of those insights for the philosophy of perception.

Paris, Collège de France

Kant & Analytic Kantianism, June 2003.
The lectures are on Kant and on the reception of the Kantian philosophy in the analytic philosophical tradition. The lectures offer both an overview of central questions in the interpretation of Kant’s Transcendental Deduction and of some of the most difficult questions in epistemology and philosophy of mind in twentieth-century Anglo-American philosophy. In tandem with exploring the question how best to understand the task and structure of Kant’s argument in the Transcendental Deduction, we look at the views of Moritz Schlick on the question of the relation between sensibility and understanding, and then proceed to an examination of the treatment of this question in the following texts: C. I. Lewis’s Mind and the World Order, Wilfrid Sellars’s classic essay Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind , and in recent work by Robert Brandom and John McDowell (especially Brandom’s Study Guide to Sellars and McDowell’s Woodbridge LecturesHaving the World in View: Sellars, Kant, and Intentionality). The lectures explore how best to understand the following generically Kantian thought: There are two independent sources of knowledge – sensibility and understanding – each of which is a necessary and neither of which is a sufficient condition of knowledge. It will be shown that this generically Kantian thought can be unpacked in very different ways, leading to diametrically opposed philosophical conceptions. The lectures are concerned to explore the dialectical space of options that open up here by exhibiting the interrelationships between these alternative conceptions and the parallel manner in which this dialectic has unfolded within the history of Kant interpretation, on the one hand, and within the history of analytic epistemology and philosophy of mind, on the other.

 

Germany

Berlin, Humboldt Universität

Wittgenstein on Following a Rule & the Foundations of Mathematics, Summer Semester 2016. Co-taught with Jonathan Beere
The course involves a close reading of the following three texts by Wittgenstein: (1) Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics, Cambridge, 1939; (2) Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics, Parts I, III, IV, VI; and (3) Philosophical Investigations, §§ 142 to 242.

 

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, SIAS Summer Institute
The Second Person: Comparative Perspectives, co-taught with Sebastian Rödl 
The aim of the summer institute is to to examine the concept of the second person. This concept has recently moved into the centre of research in a number of distinct fields, although not necessarily under this description. In fact, researchers within each of these fields are largely unconscious of the parallel developments within the other fields. This is in no small part due to the fact that the level at which our topic is conceptualized; in consequence, the terminology employed to designate it varies from one field to the next, ranging over topics apparently as diverse as “joint intention”, “bi-polar relations”, “trust”, “authority”, “recognition”, and “acknowledgment”, to mention just a few  of the relevant candidates. The primary aim of the seminar was to do justice to the particularities of
the phenomena appearing in these different guises, while at the same time to reveal a common problematic, thus uncovering the ubiquity of a certain conceptual structure.
Frankfurt a. M.

Philosophische Untersuchungen, Juli 2013.
Die Problemfelder und Fragestellungen, die im Zentrum dieses Seminars stehen werden, sind folgende:

  • Welche Rolle spielt der Tractatus in den PU?
  • Wieviel Theorie/Thesen gibt es in den PU?
  • Was ist Unsinn, wie wird Sinn von Unsinn unterschieden?
  • Was sind Quellen von philosophischer Verwirrung?
  • Wie sieht das methodische Vorgehen aus? Gibt es eine Methode oder verschiedene Methoden?
  • Warum kann es keine Philosophischen Sprachspiele geben, warum können keine genuinen erfunden werden?
  • Gibt es nicht Bedingungen der Möglichkeit dessen, was in den PU beschrieben wird. Lässt es sich nicht explizieren? Ist es nicht interessant?
  • Sind wir wirklich beruhigt, wenn wir mit Wittgenstein mitgehen? Bleiben nicht Fragen übrig? Ist jede philosophische Frage ein Missverständnis?
Gießen

Sommerseminar Friedrich Nietzsche Perspektivismus und Perfektionsimus, Juli 2017.
Oft heißt es, aus dem Perfektionismus Nietzsches folge eine Extremform des moralischen wie auch des politischen Elitismus, während sich aus dem Perspektivismus eine nicht minder extreme Form des erkenntnistheoretischen oder metaphysischen Relativismus ergeben soll. Alle Lesarten Nietzsches, die in diese Richtungen gehen, werden kritisiert. Im ersten Teil des Seminars wird dargelegt, dass Nietzsches ganz spezifische Spielart des Perfektionismus vor allem deshalb missverstanden worden ist, weil man die besondere philosophische Bedeutung, die er dem exemplarischen Charakter des Lebens und der Werke herausragender Menschen beigemessen hat, nicht erkannte. Die Entwicklung dieser Seite von Nietzsches Denken geht mit dem Versuch einher, von dem Vermächtnis exemplarischer Momente zu profitieren, das die Schriften des amerikanischen Philosophen Ralph Waldo Emerson entwerfen. Im zweiten Teil des Seminars wird gezeigt, dass Nietzsches Perspektivismus hauptsächlich deshalb fehlgedeutet worden ist, weil man nicht gesehen hat, in welch erstaunlichem Maße sich sein eigener Umgang mit dem Begriff der Perspektive im Laufe seines philosophischen Werdegangs wandelt. Dieser Aspekt von Nietzsches Denken hängt Conant zufolge mit dem fortwährenden Versuch zusammen, die prägenden neukantianischen Voraussetzungen seiner frühen Erkenntnistheorie einer immer tiefer ansetzenden Kritik zu unterziehen. Dabei kommt zum Vorschein, dass die praktische wie die theoretische Philosophie Nietzsches gleichermaßen darauf abzielen, genau jene philosophischen Positionen zurückzuweisen, die ihm üblicherweise zugeschrieben werden. Poster

 

Göttingen

Das 1. Göttinger Kompaktseminar zur Geschichte der analytischen Philosophie. Philosophisches Seminar, Georg-August-Universität, September 2016.
Dieses Seminar widmet sich §§ 185 bis 242 der Philosophischen Untersuchungen Wittgensteins sowie eng verwandten Schriften aus seinem Nachlass. Der Zusammenhang zwischen diesen Paragraphen und verwandten Stellen in seinen Bemerkungen über die Grundlagen der Mathematik wird auch behandelt.

Two Forms of Skepticism, Lichtenbergkolleg, Summer Semester, 2013
The course will begin by distinguishing two broad varieties of skepticism – Cartesian and Kantian – and their evolution over the past two, and will go on to isolate and explore some of the most significant variants of each of these varieties in recent analytic philosophy.
Leipzig

Intensive Seminar: Rule Following, October 2018. Together with Cora Diamond
During her stay in Leipzig Prof. Diamond will co-teach (together with Prof. James Conant) an intensive seminar dedicated to Wittgenstein‘s rule-following conside- rations in his Philosophical Investigations, sections 138-242. The seminar will involve a close reading of Wittgenstein’s text, with an eye to understanding the overall dialectical structure of this entire stretch of sections. It will emerge that a number of the most famous passages within this stretch have been widely misunderstood, precisely because they have usually been interpreted with little attention to their role within this larger context. For more information visit Guest Seminars.

Über den Ursprung des Linguistic Turns in der Philosophie, Wintersemester 2015/16. Zusammen mit Matthias Haase

Das Seminar sucht die philosophischen Ursprünge der Idee auf, dass Sprache wesentlich für die Möglichkeit des Denkens ist. Dabei werden wir uns mit einer Reihe von Themen der Geschichte der philosophischen Logik beschäftigen – u.a. mit folgenden Fragen: Was ist der Status der grundlegenden Gesetze der Logik? Ist es möglich, die Grenze logischen Denkens zu ziehen? Was ist der Status des Subjekts logischer Untersuchungen? Was ist das Verhältnis zwischen dem Logischen und dem Theologischen sowie dem Logischen und dem Psychologischen? In welcher Beziehung stehen den folgenden beiden Fragen: „Was ist die Einheit des Urteils?“ und „Was ist die Einheit des urteilenden Subjekts?“ Welcher Sinn der Unterscheidung zwischen Form und Materie ist relevant für die Logik? Jede dieser Fragen führt, auf je unterschiedliche Weise, zu der Frage, inwiefern und in welchem Ausmaß Sprache dem Denken intrinsisch ist. Wir beginnen mit Aristoteles’ Verständnis der Beziehung von Denken zu Sprache, um dann dessen Umgestaltung in mittelalterlichen Auffassungen des Verhältnisses zwischen logischer Wahrheit und göttlichen Schöpfung sowie Descartes’ darauf antwortende Theorie der Schöpfung ewiger Wahrheiten in den Blick zu nehmen. In nächsten Schritt untersuchen wir, wie diese Debatten Kants Unterscheidung zwischen allgemeiner und transzendentaler Logik vorbereiten, um uns dann der Schwelle zur zeitgenössischen Auffassung von Logik zuzuwenden – nämlich Frege, insbesondere seine Position zu dem Wesen der Begriffsschrift, dem Unterschied zwischen dem Logischen und dem Nichtlogischen sowie der Erläuterung logischer Grundbegriffe. Abschließend beschäftigen wir uns kurz mit der Perspektive, die der frühe und der späten Wittgenstein zu diesen Fragen eröffnet. Seminarplan

Faculty Seminar Logically Alien Thought Revisited, Wintersemester 2015/16.
The seminar is devoted to the following five topics and their interrelationship: (1) Avicenna on essence and existence; (2) Descartes on the creation of the eternal truths; (3) Kant’s hylomorphic conception of logic; (4) Frege’s thought experiment concerning the possibility of logically alien thought; and (5) Wittgensteins criticism, first in the Tractatus and then in the Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics, of Frege’s understanding of what his thought experiment shows.

 

Munich, LMU

Sommerseminar: Wittgenstein über Zeichen und Symbole, 2014.
Das Seminar widmet sich folgenden fünf Themen und ihrem Zusammenspiel: (1) Frege über Zeichen und Symbol; (2) Wittgensteins Kritik im Tractatus von Freges Art und Weise zwischen Zeichen und Symbol zu unterscheiden; (3) Die Entwicklung Wittgensteins Verständnis vom Verhältnis zwischen Zeichen und Symbol in seiner Spätphilosophie; (4) Die Rolle davon in seiner Erläuterung des Regelfolgenproblems; (5) Wittgensteins späte Kritik des Tractatus.

 

Potsdam

Frege und Wittgenstein: Die “spartanische” Lesart des Tractatus, Sommersemester 2004. Together with Hans Julius Schneider
This course is devoted to a careful reading of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and an examination of some of the central disputes in the secondary literature concerning it, with special attention to the so-called “resolute” or “austere” reading of the Tractatus. The aim is to provide an overview of the philosophy of the early Wittgenstein, with special attention to the critique of Frege, the structure and the method of the Tractatus as a whole, and especially some of the most hotly debated exegetical controversies recently surrounding the work. Some attention is also given to the topic of the relation between the Tractatus and Wittgenstein’s later work. 
In this course, we will begin by looking at Frege’s treatment of various topics fundamental to an understanding of the Tractatus, including his conception of a logically perfect language, the nature of the difference between concepts and objects, the character of the cleavage between the logical and the psychological, and the role of the activity of elucidation in imparting an understanding of logically primitive notions.  After a brief look at corresponding issues in the work of Bertrand Russell, we will go on to explore how tensions in Frege’s (and to some extent Russell’s) views on these topics are explored are resolved in the work of early Wittgenstein.  We will discuss various influential readings of Wittgenstein’s Tractatusincluding the so-called “positivist” reading (as popularized by Carnap and Schlick), the so-called “standard” or “ineffability” interpretation (especially as put forward in the work of P.M.S. Hacker and David Pears), and the more recent so-called “resolute” interpretation (as developed in the work of Conant, Diamond, Kremer, Ricketts, and others) and recent criticisms thereof (especially those of Hacker, Proops, and Sullivan).  At the end of the course, we will briefly consider the transition from Wittgenstein’s early to his later thought and the nature of his later criticisms of the Tractatus.

Varieties of Skepticism, Sommersemester 2004.
In this course, we will begin by considering the differences between Cartesian and Kantian skepticism.  This will involve both looking at Descartes and Kant’s writings and at those of subsequent authors who take themselves to be exploring the respective skeptical problematics of each of these authors.  We will then go on to explore the ways in which these two forms of skepticism are conflated and distinguished in a variety of authors in the analytic tradition, including H.H. Price, C.I. Lewis, Saul Kripke, Hilary Putnam, John McDowell and Stanley Cavell.

Kant & Analytic Kantianism, Sommersemester 2004.
This course will be devoted to a study of selected episodes in twentieth-century analytic philosophy. It will focus on how certain Kantian views are inherited, articulated and transformed in the writings of certain analytic philosophers, especially Moritz Schlick, C. I. Lewis, Wilfrid Sellars, Robert Brandom, and John McDowell. The aim of the course is both to use certain central texts of analytic philosophy to illuminate some the central aspirations of Kant’s theoretical philosophy and to use Kant to illuminate the direction in which one central current of the analytic tradition in epistemology and philosophy of mind has been – and still is – traveling. This will be both a course on Kant and on the reception of the Kantian philosophy in analytic philosophy. It will be devoted both to an intensive study of selected portions of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reasonand to a brief and selective survey of some of the most difficult, influential and rewarding texts in epistemology and philosophy of mind in twentieth-century Anglo-American philosophy. The course is based on the conviction that teaching these two sorts of texts together will allow each to illuminate the other. The portion of the course concerned directly with Kant will be devoted to an intensive study of selected portions of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. The focus of the course will be on the Transcendental Analytic and especially the Transcendental Deduction, but some effort will be made to situate those portions of the text with respect to the Transcendental Aesthetic and the Transcendental Dialectic. The portion of the course concerned with the inheritance of Kantian philosophy in the analytic philosophical tradition will begin by briefly looking at the views of Moritz Schlick, the central figure of Vienna Circle and a leading exponent of early logical positivism B in order to get some sense of the sort of view and the sort of reading of Kant to which subsequent figures in the analytic tradition were reacting. We will then proceed to read carefully the following three texts: the first three chapters of C. I. Lewis’s Mind and the World Order, most of Wilfrid Sellars’s classic essay Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind ,, and John McDowell’s recent lectures Having the World in View: Sellars, Kant, and Intentionality. We will also have occasion to look briefly at related writing by these authors and by some of the contemporary authors with whom they were concerned to disagree.

The Constitution of a Movie-World, Sommersemester 2004.
The course investigates some of the conditions and modes of visual presentation that make it possible for a viewer of a motion picture drama to become absorbed in what is experienced as an independent fictional narrative world. Some attention is given to exploring the similarities and differences between the presentation of a fictional narrative world in film and in some of the other visual and dramatic arts, most notably painting and theatre. Readings will be from, among others, Andre Bazin, Leo Braudy, Stanley Cavell, Denis Diderot, Michael Fried, Jean Mitry, Victor Perkins, V.I. Pudovkin, Karel Reisz, and George Wilson.

 

Mexico

Xalapa, Instituto de Filosofía, Universidad Vericruzana
Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations: Rule Following, Privacy, and the Nature of Philosophy, October, 2016
This course will have four foci: 1) a close reading of the verba ipsissima of Philosophical Investigations and a handful of closely related writings by Wittgenstein; 2) an overview of the history of the reception of the book and some of the most influential readings it has occasioned; 3) a discussion of a handful of recent debates in the secondary literature on some its most contested sequences of sections – including those on ostensive definition, the critique of Wittgenstein’s early work, the nature of philosophy, rule-following, practices/forms of life, the so-called private language argument, the nature of first-person authority, and the relations between meaning and use, inner and outer, criteria and mental states, sensations and discursive forms of mindedness; 4) an assessment of how best to interpret the overall aims, methods, and teachings that confer unity on the work as a whole, with special attention to the conception of philosophy at work in the Philosophical Investigations . Throughout the course, we will seek to evaluate some of the most influential options put forward in the secondary literature regarding how to read the book, with a special focus on various aspects of the controversy surrounding so-called “quietest” and “anti-quietest” interpretations of the aims and methods of the work. 

Netherlands

University of Amsterdam

Stanley Cavell’s The Claim of Reason, Summer Semester, 1998

The aim of this first course will be to offer a careful reading of three quarters of Stanley Cavell’s major philosophical work, The Claim of Reason. The course will concentrate on Parts I, II, & IV of the book (with only very cursory discussion of Part III). We will focus on Cavell’s treatment of the following topics: criteria, skepticism, agreement in judgment, speaking inside and outside language games, the distinction between specific and generic objects, the relation between meaning and use, our knowledge of the external world, our knowledge of other minds, the concept of a non-claim context, the distinction between knowledge and acknowledgment, and the relation between literary form and philosophical content. We will read background articles by authors whose work Cavell himself discusses in the book, as well as related articles by Cavell. We will also discuss several of the better pieces of secondary literature on the book to have appeared over the course of the last three decades. Though no separate time will be given over to an independent study of Wittgenstein’s philosophy, we will take the required time to understand those particular passages from Wittgenstein to which Cavell himself devotes extended attention in his book and upon which he builds his argument. The Claim of Reason is dedicated to J. L. Austin and Thompson Clarke and its treatment of skepticism seeks to steer a middle course between that found in the writings of these two authors. We will therefore also need to read the work of these two authors carefully.  The final two meetings of the course will focus on issues in Part IV of the book which set the stage for a broader consideration of Cavell’s views on topics in philosophical aesthetics and the relation between philosophy and literature.

Norway

Bergen

Philosophy & Film, Fall 2009.
This will be a course in both philosophy (in particular, that branch of philosophy known as aesthetics or the philosophy of art) and a certain branch of art history (namely, the history of the theory and practice of cinema). We will be concerned with a variety of interrelated and overlapping philosophical questions that arise in connection with film. Our guiding question will be: What is a movie? In the course of exploring various answers to this question, among the further sorts of question we will take up will be the following: questions in the theory of visual representation (e.g., what makes something a visual representation ofsomething (else)?, what is the difference between how paintings and movies represent?, what is the difference between how photographs and movies represent?), questions of realism (e.g., what makes one painting, or photograph, or film morerealistic than another?, are moving photographic imagesinherently more realistic than paintings?, does the very idea of a ‘realistic’ representation rest on a philosophical confusion?), questions of meta-aesthetics (what makes something a work of art?, are photographs works of art?, is film an art?, or are only somefilms works of art?), questions of aesthetic medium (what is an aesthetic medium?, how does the medium of photography differ from that of paint on canvas and what, if any, is the aesthetic significance of that difference?, is anything that happens to have been recorded by a movie camera a film?, do documentary films and Hollywood narrative films explore the same aesthetic medium or different media?), questions about the supposed peculiarity of the photographic medium (does something which appears in a photograph have a different sort of ontological status than something which appears in, say, a painting or a cartoon?, does it make a difference to what sorts of aesthetic objects photographs or documentary films are that they can be used as evidence in a courtroom?), and, finally, questions of normative aesthetics (what makes something agoodmovie?, does theachievement of realism confer aesthetic value on an image or a series of moving images?, does the overcoming of realism confer aesthetic value on such images?, or are issues of realism irrelevant to the assessment of aesthetic value?).

The Philosophical Problem of Following a Rule, Fall 2007
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Varieties of Skepticism, May and June 2006.
The aim of the course will be to consider some of the most influential treatments of skepticism in the post-war analytic philosophical tradition—in relation both to the broader history of philosophy and to current tendencies in contemporary analytic philosophy. The first part of the course will begin by distinguishing two broad varieties of skepticism—Cartesian and Kantian—and their evolution over the past two centuries (students without any prior familiarity with both Descartes and Kant will be at a significant disadvantage here), and will go on to isolate and explore some of the most significant variants of each of these varieties in recent analytic philosophy.  The second part of the course will involve a close look at recent influential analytic treatments of skepticism. It will also involve a brief look at various versions of contextualism with regard to epistemological claims.  We will carefully read and critically evaluate writings on skepticism by the following authors: J. L. Austin, Robert Brandom, Stanley Cavell, Thompson Clarke, Saul Kripke, C. I. Lewis, John McDowell, H. H. Price, Hilary Putnam, Barry Stroud, Charles Travis, Michael Williams, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
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Philosophy of Perception, May and June 2006.
The course will trace the development of a variety interrelated topics in analytic philosophy of perception. It will begin by briefly looking at the views of Moritz Schlick, the central figure of Vienna Circle and a leading exponent of early logical positivism in order to get some sense of the conception of what is given in perception to which subsequent figures in the analytic tradition were reacting. We will then proceed to read carefully the following four texts: the first three chapters of C. I. Lewis’s Mind and the World Order, most of Wilfrid Sellars’s classic essay Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind (EPM), Robert Brandom’s Study Guide to EPM, and John McDowell’s lectures Having the World in View: Sellars, Kant, and Intentionality and related writings. We will also have occasion to look briefly at related writing by each of these authors, as well as by some of the contemporary authors with whom they are concerned to disagree.

 

Sweden

Uppsala University

Kant and Analytical Kantianism, April & May 2003
This course will be devoted to a study of selected portions of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and certain philosophically parallel episodes in twentieth-century analytic philosophy. The portions of the course devoted to Kant will focus on his views on the relation between sensibility and understanding (especially as articulated in the Transcendental Deduction) and those devoted to analytic philosophy will focus on how those Kantian views are inherited, articulated and transformed in the writings of certain analytic philosophers
(especially Mortiz Schlick, C. I. Lewis, Wilfrid Sellars, Robert Brandom, and John McDowell). The aim of the course is both to use certain central texts of analytic philosophy to illuminate some the central aspirations of Kant’s theoretical philosophy and to use certain central Kantian texts in which those aspirations are pursued to illuminate the direction in which one central current of the analytic tradition in epistemology and philosophy of mind has been – and still is – traveling.

Switzerland

Zürich

The Philosophy of Film. Summer School, co-taught with Robert Pippin, 2015 (Program PDF)
The main questions to be discussed are: the bearing of cinema on philosophy; or in what sense, if any, is cinema a form of philosophical thought? What sort of distinctive aesthetic object is a film, or what is the “ontology” of film? What, in particular, distinguishes a “realist” narrative film? What is a “Hollywood” film? What is a Hollywood genre?
Authors to be read include, among others, Bazin, Cavell, Perkins, Wilson, Rothman. Films to be seen and discussed include films by Ford, Hitchcock, Ray, Tourneur, and the Dardenne brothers.