28 JUNE - 7 JULY 2009



With great sadness, we report that 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.


Herrn Konrad Goller
Hotel Tianes
1-39040 St. Michele/ Kastelruth / Castelrotto
Südtirol/ Alto Adige


TEL - 011- 39-0471-700097

FAX - 011- 39-0471-700017




Hugh J. Silverman

Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature

Department of Philosophy

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794_3750

Tel.: (631) 331-4598

Tel/Fax (summer):



Wilhelm S. Wurzer

Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Tel.: 412_396_6572

Fax: 412_396_5353

Directions to the

Hotel Tianes ****

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

There is also a small airport in Bolzano which can be reached from several European cities.

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

In Europe, take the train to Bolzano (Bozen), Italy. Bolzano is on the direct line south from Insbruck and north from Verona.

In Bolzano: A week or two before you leave, please indicate to the hotel via e-mail or phone [ 700097] when you expect to arrive at the Station.

You should ask at that time for the Hotel to arrange to pick you up at the train station. You will be taken from the station into the mountains (a 40-50 minute car ride).










By car, take the autostrada to Bolzano (Bozen) if you are coming from the South, to Bressanone, if you are coming from the North.

From Bolzano, continue north to Prato Isarco (Blumau), then to Siusi (Seis) and finally to Castelrotto (Kastelruth) with a very brief ride to the Hotel Tianes on the left after going through Kastelruth toward S. Michele.

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).

When you exit the Autostrada at Klausen, you will travel straight up the hill to St. Ulrigh (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 Tianes on the right shortly after S. Michele.

On the regular road, you will cross the bridge, make a right and follow the mountain road to Castelrotto/ Kastelruth and then drive through Kastelruth to S. Michele.

Another way from Ponte Gardena: make a left after crossing Ponte Gardena, follow road to St. Ulrich and just before St. Ulrich turn right on the road leading to Seis and the Seiseralm/ Alpe di Siusi. Follow signs to the Hotel Tianes shortly after S. Michele.




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