Inheriting Wittgenstein: James Conant in Conversation with Niklas Forsberg, Part 2

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Niklas Forsberg
James Conant


This is part 2 of an interview with Prof. J. Conant, conducted by Niklas Forsberg.

Author Biographies

Niklas Forsberg, Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University, Sweden / Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, Department of Philosophy, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic

Niklas Forsberg is the Head of Research at the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, Department of Philosophy, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic; and Docent at Uppsala University, Sweden, and University of Helsinki. He has written about Austin, Cavell, Coetzee, Collingwood, Emerson, Murdoch, Kierkegaard, and Wittgenstein, discussing various topics such as pain, sin, love, language, and literature’s relation to philosophy and philosophical argumentation. He is the author of Language Lost and Found: On Iris Murdoch and the Limits of Philosophical Discourse (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013 [pbk. 2015]), and co-editor of Language, Ethics and Animal Life: Wittgenstein and Beyond (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012). Forsberg is also editor of the book series Nordic Wittgenstein Studies, published by Springer.

James Conant, University of Chicago

Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1958, James Conant is currently Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities at the University of Chicago and Humboldt Professor at the University of Leipzig. He has been employed or served as a visiting professor in, among other places, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Mexico, Austria Germany, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Ireland, Switzerland, Greece and Italy. Conant has received numerous awards and honours including the Humboldt Foundation’s Anneliese Maier Research Award and their Humboldt Prize. Conant works in a wide range of areas of philosophy, including the philosophy of perception, the history of analytic philosophy and aesthetics – as well as a wide range of figures, including Descartes, Kant, Frege, and Wittgenstein. His publications are mostly in English, French or German and include books on Nietzsche, Orwell, and Wittgenstein respectively. Together with Jay Elliot, he is the co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Philosophy titled After Kant: The Analytic Tradition. His next book, The Logical Alien, is forthcoming with Harvard University Press.


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