"At a time when specialization is on the rise, the university must emphasize the connections among different disciplines"

Ilyas Khan, a researcher at Cambridge Judge Business School, gave a seminar on Wittgenstein, which was organized by ICS's Religion and Civil Society project

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02/02/15 16:39 Carlota Cortés

"At a time when everything is becoming more and more specialized, one of the most important issues for universities consists in emphasizing the connections among different disciplines," or so Ilyas Khan claims, a researcher at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, during a seminar at the University of Navarra on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. The seminar was organized by the Religion and Civil Society project, one of eight research projects under the umbrella of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS).

According to Ilyas Khan, Wittgenstein was one of the leading thinkers in a holistic view of knowledge. "He constitutes one of the most popular figures studied by philosophers precisely because he broke the wall between disciplines"

Wittgenstein's work in the open

As Khan claims, the Viennese philosopher was one of the few thinkers who carefully studied the foundations of mathematics in a "brave" and "bold" manner. "Many times we are afraid of mathematicians, but he was not. He saw himself as a philosopher of mathematics… I also do not believe in artificial barriers between the university and the life beyond it."

On the other hand, Ilyas Khan rejected the obstacles that academic publishers impose when accessing certain texts. In this regard, he referred to the efforts made—in a project involving Trinity College Cambridge, University of Bergen and the National Library of Austria— to open Wittgenstein's work up to everyone: "Starting in 2013, it became available without mediation or editing by means of a database freely available via the Internet. "

Ilyas Khan is the "Leader in Residence" of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, where he has been a researcher since 2012. He has been responsible for the creation and funding of the business acceleration program at the school. His research interests focus primarily on the Philosophy of Mathematics and on Wittgenstein's work.