Call for Papers: Heidegger and the Neuroscience (Online April 2022)

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CfP for an online conference organised by Prof. Francesca Brencio (University of Seville, Spain) and in cooperation with the Martin-Heidegger-Gesellschaft.

Heidegger and the Neuroscience
22-24 April, 2022: Online
Organised by Prof. Francesca Brencio (University of Seville, Spain) in cooperation with the Martin-Heidegger-Gesellschaft

Call for Papers Deadline: January 15, 2022
Official Languages: English and German

Confirmed keynote speakers are:
> Dr. Alice Holzhey-Kunz, Präsidentin der Gesellschaft für hermeneutische Anthropologie und Daseinsanalyse (GAD) und Co-Leiterin des Daseinsanalytischen Seminars Zürich (DaS)
> Prof. Louis Sass, Rutgers University (USA)
> Prof. Havi Carel, University of Bristol (UK)
> Mr. Anthony Stadlen, Daseinsanalyst, founder and convenor of the Inner Circle Seminars, London (UK)

The encounter of Martin Heidegger’s thinking with medicine, in particular with mental health sciences, is one of the most well-known outcomes of Zollikon experience, and one of the most significant and challenging aspects of his philosophical heritage. Far from both anthropology and psychoanalysis, this encounter is rooted in the analysis of human existence in Being and Time (GA 2). It develops into a critique of science (GA 65) and biology (GA 66), culminating in a fundamental questioning of the epistemological foundation of science, which is grounded on the notions of exactness and measurability (GA 3, GA 9). The fundamental ontology and meditative thinking (Besinnung) aim to initiate a different pathway (GA 8), which can be summarised by the motto “from fixing to thinking”: Heidegger’s dialogue with neuroscience calls for overcoming the cartesian legacy of the two substances, which is at the core of contemporary neuroscience and to go beyond the recognition of patterns of symptoms and signs. Instead, he advocates a new way of conceiving and treating disease in general and mental health in particular (GA 89). This revolutionary shift was welcomed by many authors in the phenomenological tradition: each of them has contributed to the contemporary paradigm of the embodied mind.

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