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Use-Value in Architecture Symposium

Dr. Carolyn A. Fahey

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM (CEST)

Use-Value in Architecture Symposium

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Given the wealth of new ways of conceptualizing building, its practice, and its meanings, this call for papers prompts authors to reconceptualize the notion of buildings’ functions in terms of use, particularly as is described in Wittgenstein’s use theory.

By engaging one of philosophy’s richest and most formidable postmodern thinkers – Ludwig Wittgenstein – the discourse surrounding function can move away from architecture’s Modernist paradigm that has largely defined how we think about and deal with questions relating to function. Wittgenstein – who remains largely undealt with by the architectural discourse, but whose work has nevertheless had ample development from within the philosophical discourse – provides genuine contributions to the understanding of use and meaning. Specifically, the Wittgensteinian notion of meaning as use moves the discussion away from mechanical or systematic notions grounded in scientific enquiry, and instead focuses analysis on the particular context or language-game within which a building partakes. Thus, the hope is to utilize Ludwig Wittgenstein’s theory of meaning to achieve radically alternative analyses of building’s use, thereby allowing for productive re-engagement with one of architecture’s most fundamentally philosophical questions.

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Parkgasse 18
18 Parkgasse
1030 Wien

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM (CEST)

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Dr. Carolyn A. Fahey

Founder of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture and co-founder of the society journal Architecture Philosophy.

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