ArgLab • Workshop

Wittgenstein and the Epistemology of Religious Belief

1st ERB Project Workshop

This workshop aims to bring together philosophers from all over the world in an attempt to achieve greater clarity about Wittgenstein’s religious epistemology. Wittgenstein’s work can help us to understand the practices that billions of people engage in and the conflicts between them, which often have a religious element. Wittgenstein’s work will be illuminated through comparisons with other philosophers and speakers at the workshop will endeavour to answer questions about how best to interpret Wittgenstein. Is Wittgenstein best described as a fideist? Was Wittgenstein a quietist? How does On Certainty help us to understand religious belief, faith, and disagreement? What is the role of epistemology in understanding questions about religious freedom?


This workshop is organized within the framework of the FCT-funded project “Epistemology of Religious Belief: Wittgenstein, Grammar and the Contemporary World” (PTDC/FER-FIL/32203/2017, PI: Nuno Venturinha), hosted by the Reasoning and Argumentation Laboratory (ArgLab) of IFILNOVA.

28 June, ID Building, Room MU2
29 June, Tower B, Aud. 1
09:45 – 10:00
Introduction: The Epistemology of Religious Belief Project
Nuno Venturinha (Nova University of Lisbon)
10:30 – 11:45
Wittgenstein and the ABC’s of Religious Epistemics
Guy Axtell (Radford University)
Wittgenstein and Kant on Religious Faith and Beauty
Hanne Appelqvist (University of Helsinki)
14:00 – 15:15
Quasi-Fideism and Wittgensteinian Quietism
Duncan Pritchard (University of California, Irvine / University of Edinburgh)
15:15 – 16:30
Logic, Exemplarity, and Religious Belief
Edward Guetti (University of Leipzig)
The Concept of Belief in Comparative Religious Perspective
Thomas D. Carroll (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen)
Conference Dinner
Wittgenstein and the Epistemology of Freedom of Religion or Belief
Gorazd Andrejč (University of Maribor / University of Cambridge)
11:15 – 12:30
Wittgenstein on the Nature of Religious Belief
Paul Horwich (New York University)
The Ethical and the Metaphysical Will in Wittgenstein's Notebooks 1914-16 (and beyond)
Modesto Gómez Alonso (University of La Laguna)
15:45 – 17:00
How Not to Read On Certainty
Michael Williams (The Johns Hopkins University)
17:00 – 17:30
Conclusions and Future Prospects
Sofia Miguens (University of Porto)