Summer Research Seminar: Wittgenstein’s Lectures, Cambridge 1930–1933

The Obermann Summer Seminar is an opportunity for UI faculty members to lead a major collaborative project with a dozen or more visiting participants that will result in some form of publication or public work. The outcome should make a significant contribution to the fields of the participants, whether as a print or digital publication or in another form that promises real impact.

Wittgenstein’s Lectures, Cambridge 1930–1933: Text & Context

May 18-22, 2015

Summer Seminar
David Stern (Philosophy), Director of the 2015 Summer Seminar

The 2015 Obermann Summer Seminar was led by David Stern (Philosophy, CLAS). The seminar was built around a discussion of the book he co-edited, Wittgenstein: Lectures, Cambridge 1930–1933, From the Notes of G.E. Moore, which will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year.

A facsimile edition of source manuscripts is freely available on the Wittgenstein Source website:


Contributors to the Summer Seminar produced essays on the issue, problem, or question they found most provocative in the edition of Moore’s lecture notes that formed the basis for the seminar. Stern will publish an edited collection of these essays as Wittgenstein’s Return to Cambridge: Reflections on the Middle Period.


Wittgenstein2Wittgenstein: Lectures, Cambridge 1930–1933, From the Notes of G.E. Moore was inspired by a legendary edition of the Moore lecture notes and can be read as a companion to that volume. It also offers the most wide-ranging discussion to date of Wittgenstein’s “middle period” in relation to his early and late philosophical masterpieces, the Tractatus and Philosophical Investigations.

Seminar Faculty Participants

  • Thomas Baldwin, University of York (United Kingdom)
  • Anat Biletzki, Quinnipiac University and Tel Aviv University (Israel)
  • Bill Child, Oxford University (United Kingdom)
  • Gabriel Citron, Yale University
  • João Vergílio Gallerani Cuter, University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Mauro Engelmann, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
  • Juliet Floyd, Boston University
  • Richard Fumerton, University of Iowa
  • Warren Goldfarb, Harvard University
  • James Klagge, Virginia Tech
  • Gregory Landini, University of Iowa
  • Mathieu Marion, Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)
  • Volker A. Munz, Alpen-Adria University (Austria)
  • Alois Pichler, University of Bergen (Norway)
  • Tom Ricketts, University of Pittsburgh
  • Brian Rogers, Stanford University
  • Hans Sluga, University of California–Berkeley