DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES: "Surface and Depth: On the indispensability of phenomenology"
Speaker Louis A. SASS (Rutgers)
Date 10 May 2012, 18:30
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
Festsaal (second floor)
The aim of this lecture is to situate phenomenology (the tradition of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty) in relation to influential recent approaches to consciousness and the mind/body problem in analytic philosophy. I will consider the nature and necessity of phenomenology in light of the views of such writers as Dennett, the Churchlands, Searle, and Nagel (and possibly Metzinger). I will also offer a critical evaluation of the arguments of these authors (or some of them) from a phenomenological standpoint. Some points may be illustrated by reference to examples from psychopathology. My hope is to clarify phenomenology’s unique appreciation of the subtleties and depths of human subjectivity.