Universität Wien FIND

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to courses and exams may be necessary at short notice (e.g. cancellation of on-site teaching and conversion to online exams). Register for courses/exams via u:space, find out about the current status on u:find and on the moodle learning platform. NOTE: Courses where at least one unit is on-site are currently marked "on-site" in u:find.

Further information about on-site teaching and access tests can be found at https://studieren.univie.ac.at/en/info.

Warning! The directory is not yet complete and will be amended until the beginning of the term.

180050 SE Wittgenstein and Literature (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 08.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 15.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 22.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 12.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 19.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 26.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 03.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 10.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 17.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 31.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 07.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 14.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 21.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Monday 28.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

What role does the linguistic form play in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophical writings? What does he have to say about style? Why does he think that philosophers’ unhealthy thoughts are mainly caused by a "one-sided diet”: the reading of philosophical texts? - Using Wittgenstein's remarks from his NACHLASS and philosophical writings, we will formulate reflections on the logic and semantics of fictional speech and ask questions about the relevance of literature for the philosophy of language, epistemology and ethics.

Objective: In this SE, students are encouraged to deal critically and argumentatively with Wittgenstein’s writings and their possible uses for a philosophy of literature.

Method: Preparatory reading of selected essays, joint weekly online discussions in Moodle. Guidance to writing a seminar thesis.

IMPORTANT: This seminar is part of the study focus on LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN, but can also be attended without such a focus. The format of the written seminar paper corresponds to the specifications that apply to a lecture submitted to the International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg am Wechsel: max. length of 2500 words (including abstract and references), lecture duration max. 30 minutes. Students are also encouraged to adhere to the formal requirements for such a submission.

Assessment and permitted materials

Your attendance is part of your final grade, you will be expected to hand in short written papers, give a talk or hand in an audio/video podcast and participate in class discussions. Each student is expected to write a final seminar paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Erasmus students beware: This course is taught in German! You may write your assignments in English, but must be prepared to discuss matters in German.
40% of your final grade will be based on five short written assignments, 20% are based on your participation in class discussions on Moodle, a further 40% of your grade will result from the final seminar paper. I will expect you to follow my style-sheet for any written homework. The seminar paper should not exceed 2500 words and follow the GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society. - The five written assignments during summer term and the final seminar paper are required items for achieving a positive grade.

By registering for this seminar, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by Turnitin.

Examination topics

This is a seminar, thus no final exam.

Reading list

Selected literature:

Gibson, John u. Wolfgang Huemer (ed.) (2004): The Literary Wittgenstein. London u. New York: Routledge.
Iseminger, Gary (ed.) (1992): Intention & Interpretation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
McGuinness, Brian (2010): „Wittgenstein and Literature“, in: Volker Munz, Klaus Puhl, Joseph Wang (ed.): Language and World. Part Two. Signs, Minds and Actions (= Proceedings of the 32. International Wittgenstein Symposium). Heusenstamm: ontos, 257-275.
Ramharter, Esther (ed.) (2011): Ungesellige Geselligkeiten / Unsocial Sociabilities. Wittgensteins Umgang mit anderen Denkern / Wittgenstein’s Sources. Berlin: Parerga.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: We 21.04.2021 11:26