Geistes-, Sozial, und Kulturwissenschaften
Think Acts
UC Berkeley, Universität Leipzig
01.01.2014 - 01.01.2017
Mind and Language, Kant and 19th Century Philosophy, Wittgenstein and 20th Century Philosophy, Pragmatism

Aloisia Moser earned a PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research, New York and an MA in German literature and linguistics from the University of Vienna, Austria. In her dissertation she elaborates a crucial parallel between Kant’s transcendental apperception in the "First Critique" and Wittgenstein’s rendering of the general form and unity of the proposition in the "Tractatus." She is currently Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at UC Berkeley and is working on the publication of a theory of “Think Acts,” modeled on Austin and Searle’s speech acts.

In my project I argue that the meaning of a thought lies in that it is thought. I elaborate this performative meaning of thought in a theory of think acts modeled on theories of speech acts. I present a new theory of performativity enriched by my projection of speech act theory onto thinking. Speech act theory has shown that words have meaning not apart from but through the act of speaking. It is my goal to show that the meaning of thought too comes about in the act of thinking. I undertake a close reading of sections of Kant’s First Critique and Wittgenstein’s Tractatus as well as I look at the literature on performativity and the fields of oral tradition and oral history.