Philosophy Institute Holds Wittgenstein Program

The Russian Academy of Sciences conducts a series of public lectures on the Austrian philosopher.

Excerpt from “Wittgenstein” by Derek Jarman, 1993.

Born in 1889 into a wealthy Austrian family, Ludwig Wittgenstein studied engineering in Berlin, the aeronautics of kites in Manchester, England, and mathematical logic at Cambridge University. His most famous work and the only book published during his lifetime, “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus,” is based on the idea that philosophical problems arise from misunderstandings in language’s logic, and it tries to show what this logic is.

The Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences will be conducting a three-day program – from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26 – devoted to the Austrian-British philosopher. There will be a range of lectures and roundtable discussions about the ideas and works of one of the 20th century’s most important thinkers.

Join Dr. Vadim Vasiliev, of Moscow State University, for a lecture on the philosopher’s visit to the Soviet Union in 1935 and the many questions surrounding it: Was he hoping to teach in Kazan? What was discussed with Sophia Janovskaya, a professor of mathematical logic in Moscow?

The program concludes with a screening of Derek Jarman’s film “Wittgenstein” (1993), followed by a discussion with journalist and philologist Daria Borisenko.