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The Authentic in Wittgenstein's Philosophy

Wittgenstein Workshop, University of Bergen

Workshop 14.10.2003, 13.00, at the Wittgenstein Archives, Allegaten 27,
Lunchroom, First floor

organized by EU ARI WAB scholars Ulrich Arnswald and Gerhard Gelbmann

The concept of authenticity is widespread and seems to be familar. The idea
of "being oneself" or "being true to oneself" is deeply rooted in the
interpretation of individual freedom. The emphasis on self-determination as the
original expression of the human, points to the autonomy and uniqueness of
every person. However, our lives are from birth to death under the contingency
of brute facts. Nevertheless it remains possible for human beings to shape
ourselves and our world out of the mere givenness of situation.

Succeeding in this shaping is not to escape the contingency of life but to
transcend it by giving it new significance and meaning. By recognizing the
meaninglessness it becomes possible to give a meaning to the meaninglessness,
which then again helps us towards a directed future out of an absurdly given
and meaningless past. Authenticity demands courage, given that it is a kind of
honesty. - The authentic individual faces something which the unauthentic
individual is afraid to face.

The workshop shall raise the question if an own concept of authenticity can be
extracted from Wittgenstein's philosophy. Or, alternatively, if the authentic
in Wittgenstein's work can be made explicit via the authenticity concepts of
Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre, Jaspers among others.


13.00 - 13.20 Ralph Jewell (University of Bergen)
Introductory Remarks: Authenticity?

13.20 - 13.40 Nuno Venturinha (New University of Lisbon)
Wittgenstein on Doubt and Authenticity

13.40 - 14.00 Discussion

14.00 - 14.10 Break

14.10 - 14.30 Gerhard Gelbmann (University of Bergen)
Schizophrenia, Paranoia as an Authentic Form of Life

14.30 - 14.50 Discussion

14.50 - 15.30 Lunch Break (Grillen Cafeteria)

15.30 - 15.50 Nicole L. Immler (University of Graz)
The Concept of Authenticity in Studies of (Auto-)Biography -
by the Example of Ludwig Wittgenstein

15.50 - 16.10 Discussion

16.10 - 16.20 Break

16.20 - 16.40 Ulrich Arnswald (Technical University Darmstadt / University of
Karlsruhe (TH))
Towards Making a Concept of Authenticity in Wittgenstein Explicit

16.40 - 17.00 Discussion

17.00 - 17.10 Break

17.10 - 17.30 Kevin Cahill (University of Bergen)
The Tractatus, Ethics, and Authenticity

17.30 - 17.50 Discussion

17.50 - 18.00 Closing Remarks by the Organizers

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