2nd Wittgenstein Conference Theme

Concept note of the 2nd Wittgenstein Conference, Manipur University, November 3-5, 2017

Ethics, Aesthetics and Religion in the Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein

In a letter to his friend Ludwig VonFicker, Wittgenstein writes about the Tractatus: “The book’s point is an ethical one . . . My book draws limits to the sphere of the ethical from the inside, as it were, and I am convinced that this is the ONLY rigorous way of drawing those limits.”

This letter along with his dense and cryptic remarks on Ethics as i) being transcendental, ii) being beyond significant language, iii) being mystical and finally iv) being one and the same with aesthetics and religion have made its commentators feel puzzled and intrigued. Early commentators were eager to brush aside these remarks as unimportant since the main bulk of the book is devoted to the problems of logic and language. Many of them suggested that Wittgenstein’s attempt to maintain the Tractatus as an ethical treatise is ‘either self-denuding or disingenuous’.

In later years after 1940 his preoccupation with ethics, aesthetics and religion was not very much explicit. Apart from one of his Lectures on Psychology, Aesthetics and Religious Belief (1937), his engagement with these disciplines is hardly noticeable; although one cannot but notice in the field of religion various interesting approaches which are inspired by Wittgenstein’s later Philosophy.

The conference onEthics, Aesthetics and Religion in the Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein organised byLudwig Wittgenstein Philosophical Society will focuson the issues related to these themes from a Wittgensteinian perspective.

The conference will provide a forum for discussion among researchers on any remarks on Ethics, Aesthetics and Religion in the Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.