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CONF – Festschrift Symposium for Hans-Johann Glock – Wittgenstein and Beyond: Language, Mind, and Normativity (Zurich)

16 September 202118 September 2021

From Prof. Dr. Eva Schmidt:

Festschrift Symposium for Hans-Johann Glock – Wittgenstein and Beyond: Language, Mind, and Normativity

University of Zurich, September 16 – 18, 2021

The symposium celebrates the work of Hans-Johann Glock, a philosopher renowned for both his exegesis of Wittgenstein and his many contributions to systematic debates. The rare combination of a Wittgenstein-inspired approach with a preparedness to break away from Wittgenstein to tackle problems in an open-minded way makes Glock a distinctive voice in contemporary philosophy. His work has inspired both Wittgenstein scholars and philosophers who are not primarily interested in Wittgenstein’s legacy. The purpose of the three-day symposium is to bring together both up-and-coming and distinguished philosophers from Switzerland and abroad to discuss the potential of applying Wittgensteinian insights to contemporary debates. It covers a wide range of topics, including specific issues in the philosophy of language and mind, the theory of agency and normativity, as well as metaphilosophical issues.



  • Maria Alvarez (London)
  • Hanoch Ben-Yami (Vienna)
  • Gerhard Ernst (Erlangen)
  • Brad Hooker (Reading)
  • John Hyman (London)
  • Julia Langkau (Flensburg)
  • Albert Newen (Bochum)
  • Christian Nimtz (Bielefeld)
  • Severin Schroeder (Reading)
  • Katia Saporiti (Zürich)
  • Helen Steward (Leeds)
  • Daniel Whiting (Southampton)
  • Markus Wild (Basel)


Graduate Workshop

The symposium includes a graduate workshop responding to Glock’s work. The speakers will be:

  • Cameron Alexander
  • Romain Büchi
  • Marie van Loon
  • Franziska Poprawe



Kutscherhaus, Zollikerstrasse 115, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland (Room: ZOB-E–2).

Online Talks

The talks on Friday (Sept. 17) and Saturday (Sept. 18) morning will be held online.

Attendance and Registration

Due to the corona pandemic, only a small number of participants will be allowed to be physically present at the venue. Please register by emailing to festschriftglock@gmail.com by September 10 2021. Please indicate whether you would like to participate only in the online talks. 


For further information including a provisional schedule, check our website: https://www.philosophie.uzh.ch/de/research/congresses/fssymp.html


Dr. Christoph C. Pfisterer (Zürich), Dr. Nicole Rathgeb (Bern), Prof. Dr. Eva Schmidt (Dortmund)The event is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the UZH Alumni Fonds.


16 September 2021
18 September 2021
Event Category:


Philosophisches Seminar, University of Zurich
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University of Zurich
Zurich, 8008 Switzerland + Google Map
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