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Pascal Zambito

Pascal Zambito

Department: History and Philosophy of Science

Supervisor: Prof Hasok Chang

College: Emmanuel

AHRC Subject Area: Philosophy

Title of Thesis: "Working against the myth-building tendencies in our mind" - arguments on language, philosophy and science in Wittgenstein's Nachlass


Biography:

After a Bachelors degree in German literature and linguistics I continued my studies with what seemed most interesting to me within these subjects: I began a second Bachelors course in computational linguistics to pursue the practical application of linguistic knowledge; and a Masters programme in philosophy which started from my interest in philosophical issues in literature and soon, following ideas of Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, led me to modern philosophy of language and its central figure Ludwig Wittgenstein. During an exchange year in Cambridge I could combine these interests by contributing to the edition of Wittgenstein's writings in the Vienna Edition. My Master thesis was essentially a re-evaluation of the Philosophical Remarks in light of the philological and philosophical insights I had gained during this editorial work. In my PhD project I am going to investigate further parts of Wittgenstein's Nachlass focusing on his idea that grammatical structures and analogies cause misleading pictures of reality that influence important assumptions in philosophical and scientific theories.

Other academic interests

Ancient Philosophy, Literature (especially German Classics and modern fiction, American Postmodernism, Latin American fiction), Music, Artificial Intelligence (from both a computer scientist's and a philosopher's perspective)