Workshop „Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Technology“

Keynotes: Langdon Winner and Alfred Nordmann

On March 13, our Chair holds a workshop on Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Technology. We look forward to an exiting day with keynotes by Alfred Nordmann and Langdon Winner.

The workshop will take place at the „Alte Kapelle,“ Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien. Find a map of the Campus here (venue marked with a red circle).

Please note that, unfortunately, this venue does not provide the according infrastructure to be easily accessible for people with physical impairments. In case you need assistance, please let us know well in advance (at point of registration) in order to allow us taking action.

Participation is free but please register via mail to agnes [dot] buchberger [at] univie [dot] ac [dot] at.


09:00 – 09:30 Reception and Welcome Remarks
09:30 – 10:30 Keynote I:

Langdon Winner “Technological Investigations: Wittgenstein’s Liberating Presence”

10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:45 Panel I “Technologies as Forms of Life”

“Technological Environments as Form of Life: Wittgenstein’s Linguistic Theory and Philosophy of Technology” Ingrid Böck, TU Graz

“From Form of Life to the Technologically Extended (Social) Mind” Michał Piekarski, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University Warsaw

“Technology and disease definition: Modes of this complex form of life” Lynette Reid, Dalhousie University

“Technology Games and Forms of Life” Mark Coeckelbergh, University of Vienna

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panel II “Rule Following and Technologies of Self-Cognition”

“Artifacts as Rules: Wittgenstein and the Sociology of Technology” Mark Thomas Young, University of Bergen

“Information Technology, Rule-Following, and Embodied Consciousness” Christoph Durt, University of Vienna

“Wittgenstein on the idea of Mental Mechanisms and Information-Storing
Technologies” Thomas Raleigh, University of Vienna, King’s College London

15:30 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:15 Panel III “Cultures of Tool Use”

“The Meaning of Use: Artifactual Holism versus Artifactual Compositionalism” Stefan Koller, University of Colorado

“Wittgenstein and Technologies of the Self” Gerard Meagher, University of Limerick

“Wittgenstein, Transcendental Techniques and the Grammar of Jazz Improvisation” Michael Funk, University of Vienna

17:15 – 18:15 Keynote II:

Alfred Nordmann “Technical Translations: Steel parts, plastic pipe, plastic parts, metal wheel, electric motor, drive belts, rubber wheels, bearings”

18:15 – 19:00 Podium / Closing Debate:

“Talking Robots and Silent Meaning – Philosophy of Technology with and without Wittgenstein” Langdon Winner, Alfred Nordmann & Mark Coeckelbergh

20:00 Dinner


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