Kenan Professor of Philosophy Emerita, University of Virginia
Cora Diamond is a leading American philosopher who is well known for her contributions to the interpretation of Wittgenstein and Frege, for her contributions to the philosophy of logic, mind, language, as well as to ethics, the philosophy of literature, and the philosophical inquiry into our relation as humans to other animals.
Her three areas of greatest influence are in the philosophical foundations of logic, the interpretation of Wittgenstein, and the ethical treatment of animals. Partly under the influence of lessons she arrives at through her own original reading of Wittgenstein, she has criticised mainstream tendendcies in analytic philosophy across a dizzying range of subdisciplines. Alongside publishing a dozen or so of the most widely discussed articles on Wittgenstein ever written, she has written several dozen articles advancing powerful and influential criticisms of almost every major living figure who takes themselves to be applying Wittgenstein’s ideas to some major area of philosophical research – be it in philosophical logic, contemporary moral theory, animal studies, philosophy and literature, or the study of the history of the analytic tradition of philosophy. Her work has thereby given rise to one whole movement in the interpretation of Wittgenstein (known in the contemporary literature as the resolute reading), to yet another in contemporary moral philosophy and metaethics (known as the realistic spirit approach to ethical problems), and to yet a third in the more narrowly focused field of the moral status of animals (known as the our fellow creatures approach).
She has taught at the Universities of Swansea, Sussex, Aberdeen and since 1971 at the University of Virginia, where she is now professor emerita.
- Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe, Going On to Ethics, HUP, 2019.
- Menschen, Tiere und Begriffe: Aufsätze zur Moralphilosophie, Suhrkamp, 2012.
- L’importance d’être humain et autres essais de philosophie morale, Carin, 2011.
- Rileggere Wittgenstein, Carocci, 2010.
- The Realistic Spirit: Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind, MIT Press, 1991.
Audio and Video Recordings
Audio Recordings of the 11th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School in August, 2019 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria, co-taught with James Conant and Martin Gustafsson.
Audio Recordings of Intensive Seminar with James Conant and Cora Diamond at the University of Pardubice, October, 2018.
Cora Diamonds Session: Truth in Ethics;
James Conant’s Session: Socrates and Wittgenstein;
Joint Session: Cora Diamond and James Conant
3rd Georg Henrik von Wright Lecture, University of Helsinki: Von Wright on Wittgenstein in Relation to His Times, 2016.
Cora Diamond and James Conant co-taught the 7th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School from the 5th to the 8th of August, 2015 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. Recordings of the summer school can be accessed here.
Opening and Closing Plenary Lectures at the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg am Wechsel:
Cora Diamond: Wittgenstein, Anscombe and What Can Only Be True (Opening Lecture, 12. 08. 2013);
James Conant: Early and Later Wittgenstein on Ordinary Language (Closing Lecture, 17. 08. 2013)
Cora Diamond and James Conant, “The Subliming of the Object of Philosophical Investigation”, from the 5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School, on the topic of Wittgenstein’s Conception of Philosophy: Philosophical Investigations, Sections 93 – 133, August 6, 2013, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria – Link
Recent and Forthcoming News
- Publication of: Maria Balaska (ed.): Cora Diamond on Ethics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
- Publication of: Andrew Gleeson & Craig Taylor (eds.): Morality in a Realistic Spirit: Essays for Cora Diamond. Routledge, 2020. (Review by Lars Hertzberg)
- Cora Diamond, James Conant, and Martin Gustafsson co-taught the 11th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School in August, 2019 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. Link to Recordings
- Conference on the work of Cora Diamond at the University of Leipzig: Logic and Ethics: The Philosophy of Cora Diamond. October 15-17, 2018. – Tagungsbericht by Konstantin Deininger.
- Guest Seminar by Cora Diamond at the University of Leipzig: Rule-Following. October 2018.
- Instensive Seminar at the University of Pardubice co-taught with James Conant, October 2018.
- Cora Diamond and James Conant co-taught the 7th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School from the 5th to the 8th of August, 2015 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. Recordings of the summer school can be accessed here.
- Cora Diamond and James Conant co-taught the 5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summerschool from the 7th to the 10th of August 2013 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. Recordings of the Kirchberg summer school can be accessed by clicking here.
Selected Reviews of Diamond's Work
- Sophie Grace Chappell: Cora Diamond: Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe, Going on to Ethics, Ethics 130, 2020. PDF
- Duncan Richter: Cora Diamond: Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe, Going on to Ethics, in: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2019. Link
- Roger Teichmann: Cora Diamond: Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe, Going on to Ethics, in: Analysis Reviews, August 2019. PDF
- Maria Balaska: Cora Diamond: Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe, Going on to Ethics, Philosophical Investigations, 2019. PDF
- by Silver Bronzo: Cora Diamond, Philosophy in a Realistic Spirit, in: Irides, a. XXVI, n. 69, 2013. PDF
Selected Responses to Diamond's Work
- Andrew Gleeson & Craig Taylor (eds.): Morality in a Realistic Spirit: Essays for Cora Diamond. Routledge, 2020. (Review by Lars Hertzberg)
- Joseph Ulatowski: Resolute Readings of Wittgenstein and Nonsense, in: Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, Vol. 8, No. 10, 2020. PDF
- Mikel Burley: “We Are Human Beings, and We Value Human Life”: Clock and Diamond on Mental Capacities and Animal Ethics, in: Nordic Wittgenstein Review 9, 2020. PDF/Link
- Megan Quigley: Reading Virginia Woolf Logically: Resolute Approaches to The Voyage Out and Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, in: Poetics Today 41:1, 2020.PDF
- Kristin Boyce: The Turn to Logic and the Transformation of an Ancient Quarrel, in: Poetics Today 41:1, 2020. PDF
- Sofia Miguens: The Human Face of Naturalism: Putnam and Diamond on Religious Belief and the “Gulf between Us”, in: The Monist, 103, 2020. PDF
- Jonathan Tran: Cora Diamond’s Theological Imagination, in Modern Theology, 2020. PDF
- Sabina Lovibond: The Elusiveness of the Ethical: From Murdoch to Diamond, in: Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 87, 2020. PDF
- Ch. Cordner & A. Gleeson: Cora Diamond and the Moral Imagination, in: Nordic Wittgenstein Review Vol. 5, No. 1, 2016. Link
- Sanford Shieh: How Rare Is Chairman Mao? Dummett, Frege and the Austere Conception of Nonsense, in: Bernhard Weiss (ed.) “Michael Dummett on Analytical Philosophy” New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 84-134. PDF
- Steven Methven: Frank Ramsey and the Realistic Spirit, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. PDF of chapters one and two.
- Jean-Philippe Narboux: How Showing Takes Care of Itself, in: Philosophical Topics, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2014. PDF
- Jean-Philippe Narboux: Showing, the Medium Voice, and the Unity of the Tractatus, in: Philosophical Topics, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2014. PDF available?
- Stephen Mulhall: Realism, Modernism and the Realistic Spirit: Diamond’s inheritance of Wittgenstein, Early and Late, in: Nordic Wittgenstein Review Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012. Link
- Rami Gudovitch: What*s Wrong with a Bite of Dog?, in: N. Forsberg, M. Burley, N. Hämäläinen (eds.): “Language, Ethics and Animal Life”, Bloomsbury, 2012. PDF
- Alice Crary: A Brilliant Perspective: Diamondian Ethics, in: Philosophical Investigations 34:4, 2011. Link
- R. Read & M. A. Lavery (eds.): Beyond the Tractatus Wars: The New Wittgenstein Debate, Routledge, 2011. PDF of a chapter? Which one?
- Stephen Mulhall: The Wounded Animal, PUP, 2009. PDF of Chapter Five: Food for Thought: Two Symposia.
- Reshef Agam-Segal: Contours and Barriers: What It It to Draw the Limits of Moral Language?, in: Philosophy 84, 2009. PDF
- S. Cavell, C. Diamond, J. McDowell, I. Hacking, C Wolfe: Philosophy and Animal Life, Columbia University Press, 2008. PDF of Part Two: Stanley Cavell: Companionable Thinking.
- Alice Crary: Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond, MIT Press, 2007. Link (or should I upload the entire PDF?)
- Steven Gerrard: How Old are these Bones? Putnam, Wittgenstein and Verification, in: The Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, Vol. 73, Issue 1, 2003. PDF / Link including Article by CD
- Warren Goldfarb: Metaphysics and Nonsense: On Cora Diamond’s Realistic Spirit, in: Journal of Philosophical Research, Vol. XXII, 1997. PDF
- Something from Donatelli from Jims page?
- What do I do with: M. Kölbel & B. Weiss: Wittgenstein’s Lasting Significance?
- Gilly: Riddles paper