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Chair of Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Mind

Dr. Gilad Nir

Visiting Scholar

Minerva Fellow (1 October 2021-30 September 2023)


Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam


consulting hours
by arrangement

Research Interests

Philosophy of Logic, Language and Mind, Inference, Intellectual Transformation, History of Analytic Philosophy, Wittgenstein, Heidegger,

Research Project

The Riddle of Transformation


10|2021-23 — Postdoctoral Researcher, funded by the Minerva Foundation, Institute of Philosophy, University of Potsdam

2020-21 — Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, University of Jena, Professorship for Theoretical Philosophy and Logic

2017-20 — Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, University of Leipzig, Humboldt Professorship for Theoretical Philosophy

2009-17 — Ph.D., The Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, Dissertation: Rules of Inference — A Study in Early Analytic Philosophy

2006-08 — M.A., The Department of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, magna cum laude, Thesis: Heidegger and the Analogy of Being

2005-06 — Visiting Student at the Department of Philosophy, University of Freiburg

2002-05 — B.A., Department of Sociology and Anthropology & The Honors Program in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, magna cum laude



“‘In a certain sense we cannot make mistakes in logic’: Wittgenstein, Psychologism and the Question of the Normativity of Logic”, in: Disputatio 10 (18) (2021): One Hundred Years Thinking the Tractatus , forthcoming.

“Toward a Resolute Reading of Being and Time: Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and the Dilemma between Inconsistency and Ineffability”, in: The Southern Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming. 

“Are Rules of Inference Superfluous? Wittgenstein vs. Frege and Russell”, in: Teorema XL: 2 (2021) pp. 45-61.

“The Tractatus and the Riddles of Philosophy”, in: Philosophical Investigations 44 (1) (2021), pp. 19-42.

“Heidegger on the Unity of Metaphysics and the Method of Being and Time”, in: The Review of Metaphysics 74:3 (2021), pp. 361-396.


Edited Books and Collections

Early Analytic Philosophy: Essays on its Origins and Transformations, edited by G. Nir und J. Conant, in preparation. 


“Review of Andrea Iacona, Logical Form: Between Logic and Natural Language, Springer, 2018”, in: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 16.07.2018


"'In a certain sense we cannot make mistakes in logic': Wittgenstein, the Normativity of Logic, and Anti-Psychologism", Colloquium, Université Paris Sorbonne 1, 10|2021

"'Logik und Ontologie bei Wittgenstein und Heidegger", XXV. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie, 09|2021

"Wittgenstein on Inference and the Normativity of Logic", Colloquium, University of Haifa, 04|2021

"Wittgenstein on Inference, Understanding and Omniscience", Collegium Philosophicum, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, 11|2020

"Ethical Truth, Ethical Nonsense and Ethical Transformation", Intercultural Understanding: Wittgensteinian Approaches at the Crossroads of Epistemology and  Ethics, University of Valencia, 01|2020

"The Riddles of Transformation and the Nature of Philosophical Truth", The Wittgenstein Workshop, New School for Social Research, New York, 10|2019

"The Tractatus and the Riddles of Philosophy", 42nd International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 08|2019

"Wittgenstein’s Third-Man", 1918-2018: Problems From Russell & Wittgenstein, University of Bordeaux, 12|2018

"Heidegger’s Double Method", 57th SPEP conference (Society for the Study of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), University of Pennsylvania, 10|2018

"Russell on Inference", GAP10: The 10th Annual Congress of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy, Köln, 09|2018

"The Tractarian Account of Inference", 41st International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 08|2018

"Ryle on Inference", Jena Summer Symposium in Philosophy: Mental Capacities, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, 07|2018

"The Tractarian Account of Inference", 2nd Tilburg History of Analytic Philosophy Workshop, Tilburg University, 07|2018

"Russell on Inference", APA Central, Group Session of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy, Chicago, 02|2018

"Wittgenstein on Logical Form", Philosophis­ches Kolloquium, Technische Universität Dresden, 01|2018

"The Tractarian Rejection of Rules", SSHAP 2017: The Society for the Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy 6th AnnualConference, Calgary, 05|2017

Scholarships and Awards

2021-23 — Research Grant, Minerva Stiftung 

2020 —  grant funding by DFG for the organization of the conference Inference/Schlussfolgern,Universität Leipzig (received February 2020; conference postponed to June 2022) 

2019 — Pre-Doc Mentorship Award 2020, Universität Leipzig

2015-16 — Doctoral Fellow, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago

2015-16 — Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago

2015 — Karen Dinal Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Chicago Writing Program

2015 — Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship Award, University of Chicago (declined in order to take up a dissertation completion fellowship)

2008 — Hebrew University Rector’s Prize for Outstanding M.A. students

2008 — Hebrew University Dean of Humanities Prize for Outstanding M.A. students

2008 — Hebrew University Philosophy Department, Harold Abeles prize for M.A. students


Inference/Schlussfolgern, Universität Leipzig, together with E. Marcus (Auburn University), funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 06|2022

Humboldt Conversations in Philosophy, Kolloquium Reihe, Universität Leipzig, 04-06|2021

Cavell’s Claim of Reason, Universität Leipzig, together with J. Sudau, 10|2019 

Wittgenstein’s Legacy, Universität Leipzig, 07|2019

Logic and Ethics: The Philosophy of Cora Diamond, Universität Leipzig, together with J. Conant, 10|2018 

2nd Graduate Student Conference of the Göttingen-Chicago-Leipzig Network, Universität Göttingen, together with H. Steinfath and J. Conant, 06|2018

Goethe and Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, together with E. Friedlander and J. Conant, 12|2017

The Wittgenstein Workshop, University of Chicago, 2013-15


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