Institute of Education


Language games: language acquisition, imagination, and expressiveness in Wittgenstein

5:30 pm to 7:15 pm, 16 May 2018

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Room 828, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

This seminar explores the implications of Wittgenstein's understanding of language and language acquisition, which run throughout his later work. 

The first part of this talk, which will be of an introductory nature, will explore some of the most important aspects of his discussion. The second part will focus on expressiveness, especially as this emerges in some of his last writings on the nature of psychology.

The seminar provides an introduction for anyone interested in 'Wittgenstein and Education', the forthcoming annual conference of the British Wittgenstein Society on 29-31 July 2018.

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About the speaker

Professor Paul Standish is Head of the centre for Philosophy at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Kyoto University. His most recent books are Stanley Cavell and Philosophy as Translation (2017) and Democracy and Education from Dewey to Cavell (2018, forthcoming), in collaborations with Naoko Saito. He is Chair of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and Associate Editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Education.

This seminar is open to all and free to attend.



Alison Brady


Room 828, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL