International centre of Wittgenstein research International centre of Wittgenstein research

With one of the highest concentrations of Wittgenstein scholars in the world, we are an international centre of Wittgenstein research and maintain an impressive reputation in this field.

Our research focuses on a number of aspects of Wittgensteinian philosophy, addressed from different exegetical and philosophical perspectives, including:

  • Wittgenstein's work, early and late, his conception of philosophy and its methods
  • Wittgenstein's relation to other founders and representatives of analytic philosophy 
  • The application of Wittgensteinian ideas in different areas of philosophy including: ethics, philosophy of language and logic, philosophy of literature and film
  • The development of therapeutic conceptions of philosophy
We welcome applications from Postgraduate students wishing to work on any of these topics. Please get in touch with Oskari Kuusela if you would like to pursue doctoral research in this area. Recently completed PhD projects within the Wittgenstein research centre include: Odai Alzobi (Wittgenstein and Austin on What Is Common), Ryan Dawson (Leaving Mathematics As It Is: Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy of Mathematics), Tamara Dobler (Wittgenstein on Grammar and Grammatical Method),  Mihai Ometita (Wittgenstein and the Problem of Phenomenology), Jamie Potter (Reflective Equilibrium: A Wittgensteinian Approach), Ben Walker (Grammatical and Geneological Investigation: Two Models of Antidogmatic Philosophical Method), Jessica Woolley (Wittgenstein and International Relations)

Academic members working in this area

Dr Oskari Kuusela's research covers both Wittgenstein's early and late philosophy, with special focus on philosophical methodology, philosophy of logic and language, also in relation to analytic philosophy more widely. He seeks to apply Wittgensteinian methods in ethics and addresses metaphilosophical questions generally from a Wittgensteinian angle. (See page)

Recent publications
Kuusela, Oskari 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Kuusela, Oskari 2008. The Struggle against Dogmatism, Wittgenstein and the Concept of Philosophy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Oskari Kuusela, Mihai Ometita and Timur Ucan (eds.), Wittgenstein and Phenomenology. New York: Routledge. (forthcoming)

Dr Rupert Read is perhaps the leading British advocate of the ‘New Wittgensteinian' (‘resolute') approach to Wittgenstein's work, early and late. Read's current research focuses primarily on working out the consequences of this in confluence with the later Gordon Baker's emphasis on Wittgenstein's philosophising as radically therapeutic. Read applies this conception of philosophy to develop a Wittgensteinian reading of Kuhn, philosophy of film and literature. (See page)

Key publications
Read, Rupert 2012. Wittgenstein among the Sciences: A Wittgensteinian Investigations into the 'Scientific Method, S. Summers (ed.), Farnham: Ashgate.
Read, Rupert 2012. A Wittgensteinian Way with Paradoxes. Lanham: Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield.

Dr Eugen Fischer has pioneered substantive therapeutic accounts of Wittgenstein's later work. Such readings proceed from scientifically informed and empirically grounded accounts of philosophical thought, which give content to talk of ‘diseases of the understanding', the ‘symptoms' and ‘illnesses' they engender, and ‘therapies' to ‘cure' them. The underlying concern is to explain where and why therapy is needed in philosophy, and to develop techniques to carry it out. (See page)

Recent publications:
Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy, new York: Routledge 2011 (paperback 2013)
Fischer, Eugen (2008) Wittgenstein's Non-Cognitivism - Explained and Vindicated. Synthese, 162, pp. 53-84.

Prof Catherine Rowett brings interests and interpretative strategies informed by the work of Wittgenstein and his followers to her exegesis of texts in ancient philosophy. She uses ancient philosophy, read in this way, to question entrenched ways of thinking that have become problematic in modern philosophy (see also page: published as Catherine Osborne until 2011).

Key publications  

Catherine Rowett 2013. 'Plato, Wittgenstein and the definition of games' in Luigi Perissinotto and Begoña Ramón Cámara (eds.) Wittgenstein and Plato: connections, comparisons and contrasts, Palgrave Macmillan, 196-219.



Recent events

  • The Faces of Necessity, A two-day international conference, organized by Oskari Kuusela, Mihai Ometita and Timur Ucan, UEA, 9-10 June 2015.
  • Wittgenstein/Phenomenology, A one-day international workshop, UEA, June 2013, organized by Oskari Kuusela, Mihai Ometita and Timur Ucan.
  • Perspectives on Carnap, A one-day international workshop, UEA, June 2013, organized by Oskari Kuusela, Mihai Ometita and Timur Ucan.

Wittgenstein workshop

We run a permanent Wittgenstein workshop which hosts visiting speakers from the UK, Europe and the US. This provides a valuable opportunity for research students to engage with leading scholars in the field, present their own work and be part of a vibrant intellectual environment in which competing approaches are explored.