Next Talk of “Monthly Phenomenology”: Moritz von Kalckreuth (University of Wuppertal)

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Organized on behalf of the Network for Phenomenological Research, von Kalckreuth on Connecting Value, Culture and History. 15 December 2023.

An online forum of discussion on recent work in phenomenology
Organized on behalf of the Network for Phenomenological Research

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 October to May. Time: 10:15am ET, 3:15pm GMT/GMT+1, 4:15pm CET. (Exceptions are the talks of February and March, which will take place at 7:15am ET, 12:15pm GMT, 1:15pm CET.) Talks last 90 minutes, including a 45 minutes Q&A.

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Moritz von Kalckreuth (University of Wuppertal)
Connecting Value, Culture and History – The Approach of Nicolai Hartmann
Friday, 15 December 2023
10:15am ET, 3:15pm GMT, 4:15pm CET

Abstract: In the current philosophical discussion, referring to universal values is often understood as conflicting with the experience of historical change or cultural diversity of value-attachments and value-judgements. In this talk, I intend to show that Nicolai Hartmann’s philosophy of value offers important insights regarding a possible “middle way” by connecting a rich taxonomy of values with a philosophical view on culture and history. Whereas values themselves are understood as independent entities in the sense of being determined by axiological principles, our access to them is mediated by sociocultural lifeforms and the historical situation. In a first step, I will discuss some important features of his earlier axiology – including a broad account on different values, goods, and virtues. Then, I shall show that his later ontology has a significant impact on his theory of values: Addressing sociocultural lifeforms (such as morality or aesthetic taste) and the idea of a certain value-topicality corresponding to the historical situation, Hartmann maintains that our value-experience is no mere matter of axiological laws or personal emotions, but also of a sociocultural framework. In the end, I will point out some advantages of this view in comparison with others.

Upcoming talks:

W. Clark Wolf (Marquette University)
In Defense of Pure Concepts
19 January 2024

Takuya Niikawa (Kobe University)
Atmosphere and Mood
23 February 2024

Kengo Miyazono (Hokkaido University)
Dissociations between Sensory and Presentational Phenomenology
8 March 2024

Marie Guillot (University of Essex)
Phenomenal Concepts of Time, Space and Self
5 April 2024

Elisa Magrì (Boston College)
24 May 2024

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

Organized on behalf of the Network for Phenomenological Research