30 June - 9 July 2013



IN MEMORIAM: Professor Wilhelm S. Wurzer, co-director and co-founder of the IPS, died on February 20th, 2009 after battling heroically a melanoma that eventually overtook him. He spent much of his childhood in the Dolomite region of the South Tyrol and loved the opportunity to bring so many outstanding philosophers and scholars of continental philosophy to this area. He continued his teaching at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he was Professor of Philosophy and former chair of the department until January 2009. In addition to many articles and book chapters, he was author of Filming and Judgment: Betweeen Heidegger and Adorno (Humanity Books, 1990; German edition: Turia + Kant), and editor of Panorama: Philosophies of the Visible (Continuum, 2003). He was a member of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature Executive Committee (1992-97) and was host coordinator of the 1993 conference held at Duquesne. He will be missed enormously.

Due to his illness, he was unable to attend the IPS for the past few years, but he had hoped to return again for the summer of 2009. The IPS that was so dear to him will continue in his honor and memory!

Click here for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary of 24 February 2009.

The Last Ausflug (HJS-27 Feb 09) - Duquesne University Memorial Service


About the IPS:

The International Philosophical Seminar (IPS), held each summer in the pleasant alpine atmosphere of Northern Italy, brings together a group of highly distinguished international scholars in philosophy and literary theory. The seminar provides a framework for thought in an unconstrained environment with a view toward an intensely rigorous exchange of ideas, philosophical views, and theories.



IPS Founders:


  • Hugh J. Silverman and
  • Wilhelm S. Wurzer (1948-2009)

IPS Director:

IPS 2013 Associate Directors

Hugh J. Silverman

Professor of Philosophy

and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750 USA

Tel: +1-(631) 331-4598; Tel (summer): +43+1+317-7005




Gary E. Aylesworth

Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

 Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, USA

Serge Trottein

THETA - Théories et Histoire de l'Esthétique, du Technique et des Arts

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique [CNRS]

Villejuif, FRANCE

Directions to the

Hotel Panider Sattel ****



From the U.S. the most convenient (and perhaps least expensive) flight is to Frankfurt, Munich, Milano, or Venice.

There is also a small airport in Bolzano (and another in Insbruck) that can be reached from several European cities.

The least expensive car rentals are located in Frankfurt or Munich.

In Europe, from the South (connection in Verona), take the train North to Bolzano (Bozen), Italy. From the North, take the train south from Innsbruck to the Brixen (Bressanone) station before it heads further south to Bolzano.

A week or two before you leave, please indicate to Professor Silverman via e-mail when and where you expect to arrive. We will arrange taxi service from the train station up into the mountains (about 50 minutes). Be prepared to pay the taxi driver, but we will attempt to group travellers so they can share costs.

Anyone who is able to rent or bring a car will provide an addional means of transportation during the seminar.





By car, take the autostrada north to Bolzano (Bozen). If you are coming from Munich or Innsbruck, travel south over the Brenner Pass toward Bressanone (Brixen).

From Bolzano, continue north to Prato Isarco (Blumau), then to Siusi (Seis) and finally to Castelrotto (Kastelruth) with a brief ride up to the mountain pass (Passo Pinei) where you will find the Hotel Panider Sattel driveway located on the right. You will be travelling in the direction of St. Ulrich that is located in the next valley.

From Bressanone, continue south (either on the regular road along the river or on the Autostrada travelling south from the Brenner Pass at the Austrian border to Ponte Gardena (Waidbruck). Head up into the mountains until you come to Kastelruth (Castelrotto). Then follow the directions above.

If you drive toward St. Ulrich, exit the Autostrada at Klausen, you will travel straight up the hill to St. Ulrich (Ortisei). Just before St. Ulrich turn right on the road through the tunnel leading to Seis and the Seiseralm/ Alpe di Siusi. Follow signs to the Hotel Panider Sattel at the top of the mountain road. The Hotel driveway will be located on the left (before you get to the small St. Michael Chuch). If you are travelling downhill, you have gone too far.



(as of 24 June 2012)


Local Links:


recent seminars:

PROGRAMME FOR IPS-XX On Nancy's Aesthetics (30 June - 9 July 2011)

PROGRAMME FOR IPS-XXI On Stiegler's Technics and Time, vols 2-3 (26 June - 5 July 2012)