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Dr. Edmund Dain

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Contact Details:

Office: Siena Hall 139
Tel.: 401-865-2887

Areas of Specialisation

Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Language, Ethics & Metaethics

Areas of Competence

Ancient Greek Philosophy and Literature, Epistemology, History of Analytic Philosophy, Logic, Mind, Political Philosophy

* Students interested in conducting an Independent Study in any of the above areas are welcome to contact me at any time.

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Recent News

  • Ed is the new editor of the "Ludwig Wittgenstein" Category on PhilPapers.

  • Ed's paper "Eliminating Ethics: Wittgenstein, Ethics and the Limits of Sense" is forthcoming in the journal Philosophical Topics in a special issue devoted to work on Wittgenstein.

  • Ed presented his paper "Wittgenstein, Ethics and the Limits of Sense" at a conference on Wittgenstein in Relation to Philosophical Traditions at Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Goettingen in May.

  • Ed presented his research on the normativity of meaning at the 4th Annual Symposium of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society / International Ludwig Wittgenstein Society on "The Contemporary Significance of Ordinary Language Philosophy" at Abo Akademi, Abo (Turku), Finland (May, 2013).

  • Ed took part in a workshop at the University of Helsinki (Finland) on the topic of Communication Breakdowns in Philosophy in May as part of a research project on Wittgenstein, Freud and neuroscience.
  • Ed spent the winter break conducting research at Lichtenberg Kolleg, the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Goettingen (Germany) and presented his paper "The Normativities of Meaning" at the Wittgenstein Workshop at the University of East Anglia (UK).

  • Ed's paper "Throwing the Baby Out" (co-authored with James Conant) was discussed as part of reviews of the book Beyond the Tractatus Wars (Routledge, 2011) in Philosophical Investigations 31:1 (January, 2013) & Philosophy (June 2013).

  • Ed received the Werner and Elizabeth Leinfellner Award from the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society for his paper "Ethical Elimination and the Sense of Wittgenstein's Tractatus", presented at the 35th International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium on "Ethics - Society - Politics", in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria (August, 2012). His paper was also published in the conference proceedings.
  • Ed's paper "Projection and Pretence in Ethics", on fictionalist analyses of ethical discourse, was published in Philosophical Papers 41:2 (July, 2012), 180-208.
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