PP350C, Wittgenstein

Date: May 25, 2023

Location: Waterloo, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Faculty/Academic Area: Faculty of Arts 

Department: Philosophy 

Campus: Waterloo 

Employee Group: WLUFA 

Requisition ID: 6163 



Position Title: PP350C, Wittgenstein

Term: Fall 2023 (September 1 – December 31)

Days/Times: Tuesday/Thursday 14:30 – 15:50

Hours per week/Hours Total: 3 h per week/36 total

Anticipated Class Size: 30

Additional Course Requirements: None

Posted on: May 25, 2023

Posting ends: June 8, 2023


Position Summary:

The objective of this course is for students to acquire familiarity with the central themes of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s influential book, Philosophical Investigations (1953). Topics covered include selected issues in the philosophy of language and mind, as well as metaphysics and metaphilosophy. Special emphasis will be placed on Wittgenstein’s challenges to traditional theories of meaning and understanding, his distinctive set of conceptual tools (‘language-games’, ‘family resemblances’, ‘forms of life’, etc.), Wittgenstein’s much discussed critiques of private languages and rule-based accounts of language, and his view of philosophy as a form of therapy for ‘sicknesses of the understanding.’ 


Qualifications – Required: Doctoral Degree

Qualifications –Other: PhD in Philosophy


Salary: $9,025.89

Application Deadline: June 8, 2023

Submit with Application:


Required for All Applicants:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • Candidate Application Form (CAF)

Required for External Applicants

  • Names and Contact Information for Referees,
  • Evidence of Good Teaching (official teaching evaluations)
  • Verification of highest degree


  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Dossier
  • Sample Course Outline (2-pages maximum)


Applications may be addressed to: philosophypositions@wlu.ca
Dr. Gary Foster,

Chair of Philosophy Department

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario


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This appointment is in accordance with the Contract Teaching Faculty and Part-time Librarians Collective Agreement, for which the Wilfrid Laurier Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the exclusive bargaining agent.  All applicants are assessed using both the “Appendix H: Assessment of CTF Candidates under 13.6.1” in the collective agreement and the program specific rubric, where applicable.  Candidates should review these documents and ensure the information required is easily accessible in the application. 


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For Supplementary Remuneration for large classes or multi-section courses, see Article 28.3

Pursuant to Article 13.5 of the Collective Agreement for Contract Teaching Faculty (CTF) and Part-time Librarians, all applicants shall apply electronically. Applications must be received by 23:59 local time of the date on the posting.

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Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University's Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier's core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates from equity deserving groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at indigenous@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at equity@wlu.ca. We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at hr@wlu.ca.

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