Monthly Phenomenology: Elisa Magrì (Boston College)

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A series of online workshops organized on behalf of the Network for Phenomenological Research: Next talk Friday, 29 April 2022.

An online forum of discussion on recent work in phenomenology

Description: This series of talks gathers together scholars interested in phenomenology and its relation to contemporary issues in philosophy, especially in the philosophy of mind. It establishes a forum of discussion where people can meet on a regular basis and present their work-in-progress or recent publications. The topics addressed will stretch from the history of early phenomenology to the systematic application of phenomenological insights in recent debates in analytic philosophy.

Schedule: The talks will take place once a month on a Friday from September to June. Time: 10:15am ET, 3:15pm GMT, 4:15pm CET. Talks last 90 minutes, including a 45 minutes Q&A.

NB: Time of next talk different than usual. See below.

Participation: Talks are held on zoom. To participate, please send an email to [email protected] with the heading “Registration Monthly Phenomenology”. A zoom link will be sent to you the day preceding each talk.

Next talk:
Elisa Magrì (Boston College)
Awakening from Habit: The Phenomenology of Habit between Internalization and Sedimentation
Friday, 29 April 2022
8:45am ET, 1:45pm GMT, 2:45pm CET (Time of the talk different than usual)

Abstract: In contemporary phenomenological literature, it is often commonplace to argue that habit is responsible for the internalization of many cultural patterns of understanding and behavior, which are responsible for various failures of social perception. Such a view, which I call the ‘internalization thesis’, is typically developed in connection to Merleau-Ponty’s account of body-schema. However, the internalization thesis runs the risk of reducing habit to bodily flexibility, thereby limiting the intelligibility of habit and its moral relevance to corporeal skillful techniques. By examining habit in the context of social perception, particularly in cases of cognitive and affective dissonance, I reconsider the motives of habitual behavior by drawing attention to three key features of habitual awareness: context-sensitivity, associative recognition, and retention. Taken together, these aspects reveal the limits of the internalization thesis when it comes to social perception, while also highlighting the relevance of dissonance and the difference between habit and attitude.

Upcoming talks:
NB: Change of programme for session of 20 May 2022.

Angela Mendelovici (Western Ontario)
20 May 2022
NB: Change of programme for this session. Talk by Clare Mac Cumhaill (Durham University) cancelled.

Kyle Banick (Chapman University/California State University Long Beach)
Husserl, Experiential Conceptualism, and Stone Duality
3 June 2022

Guillaume Fréchette (University of Geneva)
Marta Jorba (University Pompeu Fabra)
Alessandro Salice (University College Cork)
Hamid Taieb (Humboldt University Berlin)
Íngrid Vendrell-Ferran (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Organized on behalf of the Network for Phenomenological Research