“Monthly Phenomenology” Talks: Carlota Serrahima

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The next session from the Network for Phenomenological Research takes place on 29 January, with Carlota Serrahima on ‘Sensory Fields’.

Monthly Phenomenology
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 stretch from the history of early phenomenology to the systematic application of phenomenological insights to recent debates in analytic philosophy.

Schedule: The talks take place once a month on a Friday for 8 months (with a break in March). Time: 10:15am EST/EDT, 3:15pm GMT, 4:15pm CET. Talks last 90 minutes, including a 45 minutes Q&A.

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

Carlota Serrahima (University of Antwerp)
Sensory Fields: The Visual and the Bodily
Friday, 29 January 2021
10:15am EST, 3:15pm GMT, 4:15pm CET

Abstract: In recent literature on bodily awareness, philosophers talk about how somatosensation involves a “sense of bodily ownership”: when I feel the body somatosensorily, I typically self-attribute it. In this paper I will propose an analysis of what it is like to experience the body as one’s own. I will do so by means of a comparison between the phenomenologies of somatosensation and visual perception. According to some views on visual perception, the content and phenomenology of visual experiences is constrained by the fact that they rely on a visual field. The visual field accounts for the partially subjective character of some properties of visual experiences. I will argue that an analogous analysis for somatosensation is cogent: in somatosensation, we experience the body as a sensory field. This fact explains the peculiarly subjective character of the body when we perceive it “from the inside”.

Upcoming talks

Chad Kidd (City University of New York)
The Phenomenology of Rationality
26 February 2021

Marta Jorba (University Pompeu Fabra)
9 April 2021

Anna Giustina (University of Liège)
Acquaintance and Inner Awareness
7 May 2021

Joel Smith (University of Manchester)
Perceptual Demonstratives in the Logical Investigations
25 June 2021

Matt Bower (Texas State University)
The Problem of Objectual Phenomenology
9 July 2021

Guillaume Fréchette (University of Geneva)
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.