CEU and University of Vienna Host World's Leading Philosophy Congress

The European Congress of Analytical Philosophy (ECAP11), which will take place from August 21-24 at the University of Vienna as a joint event with CEU, aims to promote an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the analytical philosophy approach, its development and its enduring influence on contemporary thought. Top speakers will present their latest research on various aspects of analytic philosophy such as logic, language, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and more.

Professor Katalin Farkas, President of the European Society for Analytical Philosophy and Head of CEU’s Department of Philosophy said, “Thanks to the warm welcome from the local academic community, Vienna and Austria have become CEU’s home over the past three years. ECAP11 is the largest analytic philosophy event in Europe, and we are proud to present Austria as one of the centers of analytic philosophy on the European continent.”

Vienna occupies a special place in the history of analytic philosophy; particularly due to the influential circle of philosophers that came to be known as the "Vienna Circle". At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of intellectuals, including Moritz Schlick and Otto Neurath, gathered here to revolutionize philosophical thought and promote the use of logical analysis and scientific methods in philosophical research. They rejected metaphysical speculation and relied on rigorous logical analysis as the primary tools for philosophical inquiry.

The ideas of the Vienna Circle have had a significant impact on the development of analytic philosophy worldwide and laid the foundation for many contemporary philosophical debates. The conference will bring together distinguished scholars, researchers and enthusiasts of analytic philosophy from around the world. The program features nearly 500 lectures by specialists in analytical philosophy.

In addition to the cooperation around the conference, the philosophy departments of CEU and the University of Vienna are also working together on a research cluster “Knowledge in Crisis” funded by the FWF with 8.9 million euros over a period of five years. The aim of the highly endowed research cluster is to understand the attacks to which knowledge and truth are exposed today, in the age of information overload. It is about understanding the resulting crisis of knowledge and approaches to addressing such issues. In addition to CEU, researchers from the universities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg are involved in this high-level project.