Monthly Phenomenology: Witold Płotka – Blaustein on Husserl and Intentionality

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Organized on behalf of the Network for Phenomenological Research: Online via Zoom – Friday, 14 January 2022 at 3:15pm GMT.

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.

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:

Witold Płotka (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw)
Blaustein on Husserl’s Theory of Intentionality: Sources, Context and Main Arguments
Friday, 14 January 2022
10:15am ET, 3:15pm GMT, 4:15pm CET

Abstract: The paper deals with Leopold Blaustein’s (1905–1942 [or 1944]), a Polish-Jewish philosopher, aesthetician and psychologist, account of Husserl’s theory of intentionality. Blaustein was educated in Lvov (under, e.g., Twardowski and Ingarden), but he also held fellowships in Freiburg im Breisgau (in 1925; studies under Husserl) and in Berlin (in 1927/28; studies under the Gestaltists). Under Twardowski’s supervision, Blaustein wrote a thesis on Husserl’s theory of intentionality. The paper explores sources, context and main arguments elaborated by Blaustein in this very book. It is argued that for Blaustein Husserl’s “Untersuchungen” and the idea of act matter presented therein are best understood within the framework of the tradition that can be traced back to Bolzano and Brentano. According to Blaustein Husserl adopted an object-theory of intentionality. The paper also explores Blaustein’s criticism of Husserl’s theory of sensations understood as the content of consciousness.

Upcoming talks

Sanneke de Haan (Tilburg University)
The Uses of Phenomenology and Enactivism for Psychiatry
25 February 2022

Hayden Kee (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Interhorizonality? Perception, Language, Thought
11 March 2022

Elisa Magrì (Boston College)
29 April 2022

Clare Mac Cumhaill (Durham University)
Anscombe and Murdoch on the Phenomenology of Scale and Distance
20 May 2022

Kyle Banick (Chapman University/California State University Long Beach)
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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