dinsdag 23 juni 2009

Jaarvergadering 2009 Fenomenologie en Literatuur

Jaarvergadering van het Gezelschap voor Fenomenologische Wijsbegeerte.

Thema: Fenomenologie en Literatuur

Datum: dinsdag 1 september 2009

Locatie: Universiteit Tilburg
Warandelaan 2
(Eenvoudig bereikbaar via NS Station Tilburg West)
Esplanadagebouw, zaal: Black Box

Kosten lunch, koffie & thee: leden € 6, niet-leden € 12.

Aanmelden is noodzakelijk, stuur een mail naar Ruud Welten (r.b.j.m.welten#uvt.nl: vervang # handmatig door @, dit om geautomatiseerde email te voorkomen), ook vernemen we graag of u van de lunch gebruik maakt.

Fenomenologen doen opvallend vaak een beroep op literaire teksten. Zo worden onder anderen Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Claude Simon of meer hedendaagse auteurs veelvuldig ten tonele gevoerd. Vanwaar deze fascinatie? Waarom doen fenomenologisch georiënteerde filosofen graag een beroep op de literatuur? Wat houdt dit 'beroep doen op' eigenlijk in? Wat is de vorm van de kennis die dat oplevert? En hoe verschilt deze van wat de wetenschap ons kan aanreiken? Wat is de waarheidsclaim van de literatuur en waarom valt deze juist bij de fenomenologische stroming in de filosofie in goede aarde? Gaat het daarbij slechts om voorbeelden of om een meer adequate beschrijving van fenomenen? In het laatste geval: moet de fenomenologie zich dan maar niet helemaal aan de literatuur overgeven?

De voertaal tijdens de dag is Engels.


10.00 Ontvangst met koffie en thee

10.30 Simon Critchley (Tilburg University):

Some poems by Fernando Pessoa, one by Wallace Stevens, and the brief sketch of a poetic ontology

11.30 Break

11.45 Co-reference: Odile Heynders

12.15 Discussion

12.45 Lunch

13.45 Presentation PhD Research

Petra Van den Bempt (University of Antwerp)
‘The contribution of mimesis to the problem of personal identity in Ricoeur and

Ricoeur’s narrative identity is constructed upon the concept of mimesis, which he explains in terms of figuration (prefiguration, configuration, refiguration). Lacoue-Labarthe’s theory of mimesis implies that figuration is challenged by the fact that an individual has nothing original, nothing characteristic (cf.‘desistance’). First, I’m going to analyze the concept of mimesis in Ricoeur and Lacoue-Labarthe. Next, I’m going to explore some consequences that the concept of mimesis has on personal identity and what the differences are between Ricoeur and Lacoue-Labarthe in this regard. This will lead to the question of how mimesis is used in the analysis of personal identity by Ricoeur and Lacoue-Labarthe.

Geert Gooskens (University of Antwerp):
‘Die Dinge singen hör ich so gern’. R.M. Rilke’s phenomenological poetics.

At first sight, Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology and the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke are worlds apart. Could there be a bigger difference then that between the former’s Ideen and the latter’s Stundenbuch or Duineser Elegien? In this paper it will be argued that in spite of these differences, Rilke’s poetry and phenomenological philosophy are driven by the same impetus: both try to regain the world in its phenomenality. What is meant by this? Drawing on both Rilke’s and Husserl’s work, I will first try to make a case for the counter-intuitive position that worldly things are usually invisible. Next, something will be said about the way in which Rilke tries to regain the visibility of the world and why this bears witness to a phenomenological attitude. To conclude, I will propose a reading of Husserl ‘through’ Rilke, which will help us understand phenomenology not as a theoretical position, but as an existential attitude that goes hand in hand with the affirmation of the tangible world.

15.15 Break

15.45 Andris Breitling (Universität Rostock):
Remembering Time – Time to Remember. On Proust with Ricoeur

What can it mean to lose time? How can one search for it and hope to retrieve it? And if it is possible to find it again, then what is it that one has won or regained? – In my paper, I shall try to demonstrate what a literary work like Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (A la recherche du temps perdu, formerly translated as Remembrance of Things Past) can contribute to a phenomenological exploration of time and memory, by taking up certain ideas developed by Paul Ricoeur. At the same time, I shall try to indicate to what extent Ricoeur’s theory of memory and forgetting implies a change of perspective with regard to his earlier philosophy of time and narrative. To this purpose, the first section of my paper is devoted to showing how Ricoeur has interpreted Proust’s work as a novel of or about time (as a “Zeitroman”) in Time and Narrative. In the second section, guided by the analysis of the essential traits of memory developed by Ricoeur in Memory, History, Forgetting, Proust’s novel will be interpreted as a work of memory and about remembering. Finally, in the third section of my paper I shall try to specify, by examining the relation between memory and the imagination, as well as the relation between lived experience and the experiments of literary fiction, what answer one may find in Ricoeur’s theory of memory and forgetting to the question of how time can be lost, searched for, and regained.

Followed by Discussion

17.00 Afsluitende borrel

zondag 5 april 2009

Truth and Method Fifty Years After: Gadamer’s Influence on the Humanities

Truth and Method Fifty Years After: Gadamer’s Influence on the Humanities

Almost fifty years ago, Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Truth and Method (1960) appeared. Among philosophers and theologians, this classic study of interpretation has enjoyed a spectacular reception history. But what sort of Gadamerian influences can be traced in the humanities (history, art history, classics, literary studies, etc.)? How has Truth and Method changed the humanities?

Initially, the reception of Gadamerian hermeneutics within the humanities seemed dominated by criticisms such as E.D. Hirsch’s. Accustomed to the language of method and objectivity, many of Hirsch’s generation rejected a hermeneutics that was distinctively unmethodological and openly hostile toward epistemological subject-object dichotomies.

However, fifty years after Gadamer’s book the influence of Truth and Method seems to have grown larger than Hirsch’s generation could imagine. Dozens of studies on Gadamer’s significance for (art) history or literary studies have appeared. Since many of these studies stay within the realm of prolegomena to the practice of interpretation, one wonders what broader tendencies they represent. In what sense, if any, do they reflect changing attitudes toward Gadamerian hermeneutics within the humanities? How have they contributed to the reception history of Truth and Method among (art) historians, literary scholars, classicists, etc.?

Besides, within these practices of interpretation the past decades have witnessed a rapidly increased openness to some of the themes which Truth and Method famously addressed. These include (but are not limited to) the interpreter’s subject-position, the irreducibility of interpretation to method, the inseparability of meaning and significance, and the mediated nature of knowledge. Is there a sense in which we might speak of a hermeneutic “turn”? To what extent can this turn be attributed to an engagement with Gadamer’s classic text?

For a conference to be held on the eve of Truth and Method’s fiftieth anniversary, we solicit proposals dealing with the influence of Gadamer’s book on the theory and practice of interpretation in the humanities. In particular, we welcome three types of papers:

1. case studies that show in detail how interpretations of selected texts or artworks have changed, or could change, in the light of Gadamerian insights;
2. discipline-specific overviews that show how Truth and Method, or the secondary literature on Gadamer, has helped transform the disciplines traditionally belonging to the humanities;
3. critical studies that address the benefits and problems of Gadamerian hermeneutics within the humanities.

The conference is scheduled to take place from August 26 – 28, 2010, at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Papers may be presented either in English or in German. A selection of papers will be published in a volume edited by the conference organizers.

Proposals are due on September 1, 2009. Please send an abstract (300-500 words) to Madeleine Kasten. Acceptance decisions will be communicated by October 1. Informal suggestions and inquiries are welcome.

Dr. Madeleine Kasten, Assistant Professor of Literary Studies, m.j.a.kasten@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Dr. Herman Paul, Assistant Professor of Historical Theory, h.j.paul@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Dr. Marlein van Raalte, Assistant Professor of Greek Language and Literature, m.van.raalte@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Dr. Rico Sneller, Assistant Professor of Ethics and History of Philosophy, h.w.sneller@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Dr. Gerard Visser, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Culture, g.t.m.visser@hum.leidenuniv.nl

donderdag 5 maart 2009

Studies in Contemporary Phenomenology: The Locus of Tragedy


Leiden / Boston


Studies in Contemporary Phenomenology

Vol. I 2008

Editor: Chris Bremmers (Radboud University, Nijmegen) Associate Editors: Arthur Cools (University of Antwerp) and
Gert-Jan van der Heiden (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

The Locus of Tragedy

Edited by Arthur Cools, Thomas Crombez, Rosa Slegers
and Johan Taels

Simon Critchley, Dennis J. Schmidt, Jos de Mul, Dan Shaw, Jens De Vleminck, Enrica Zanin, Klaas Tindemans, David Janssens, Stijn Brussels, Bram Van Oostveldt, Adam Wood, Laurens De Vos, Frans van Peperstraten, Paul Vanden Berghe, Robrecht Vandemeulebroecke, Rosa Slegers, Chris Bremmers, Thomas Crombez, Arthur Cools, Johan Taels, Karel Vanhaesebrouck

Ask for the tragic and Europe will answer. 

Leaving behind the philosophers’ enthusiasm of the nineteenth century, ‘tragedy’ and ‘the tragic’ now seem little more than vague containers. However, it appears that we still discover a tragic essence in our personal lives. Time and again tragedy is being registered, written down and staged. 

This book wants to open a contemporary philosophical perspective on the tragic. What is the locus of tragedy? Does it relate to metaphysics, the gods, destiny, and chance? Or is it a matter of ethics, of the Law and its transgression? Does man himself occupy the locus of tragedy, because of his unreasonable and boundless desires, as many philosophers have suggested? Is man today still able to account for his tragic condition? Or do we locate the tragic first and foremost in the esthetic imagination? Is not the theatrical genre of tragedy the locus authenticus of all things tragic? Is there more to the tragic than drama and play?

maandag 16 februari 2009

Symposium 'Eckhart nu. De herontdekking van de middeleeuwse mystiek'


Het werk van de middeleeuwse mysticus Meister Eckhart (ca. 1260-1328) is de laatste jaren steeds sterker in de belangstelling gekomen, en dat in bredere kringen dan alleen de wetenschappelijke. In Nederland werd aan de bekendheid van Eckhart een nauwelijks te overschatten bijdrage geleverd door de vertalingen en commentaren van C.O. Jellema. Daarnaast was er aandacht van auteurs als Oek de Jong en Jan Oegema. Zeer recent verscheen nog een boek van de Leidse filosoof Gerard Visser. Maar de fascinatie voor Eckhart en zijn denken kent een vroege voorgeschiedenis in de Nederlanden. Al in de veertiende eeuw werd de mysticus hier gelezen en geprezen, maar ook veroordeeld om zijn gedurfde godsbeeld. Oude discussies en nieuwe interesses in het werk van een denker wiens belang de religie- en cultuurgeschiedenis van het christendom ver te boven gaat en die vandaag de dag velen opnieuw weet te inspireren, hebben geleid tot het initiatief om aan Eckhart een symposium te wijden voor vakgenoten èn andere geïnteresseerden. Daarbij zal het vooral gaan om de vraag hoe het werk en de invloed van Eckhart doorwerken tot in onze tijd, in de Nederlandse literatuur en daarbuiten.
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maandag 2 februari 2009

foto's van de studiedag op 29-1-09

Agenda Symposia Fenomenologie

Agenda Symposia Fenomenologie

Wij maken u graag attent op de volgende bijeenkomsten die voor u van belang zijn of kunnen zijn.

21 april Utrecht Symposium Raadszaal Achter Sint Pieter 200, 3512 BK Utrecht

In de middaguren voorafgaande aan de afscheidsrede van prof. dr. Antoine Mooij op 21 april 2009 willen de medewerkers van het Willem Pompe Instituut voor Strafrechtswetenschappen tijdens een symposium aandacht besteden aan de betekenis van de fenomenologie en hermeneutiek voor psychiatrie en strafrecht. Het programma van deze middag is als volgt:

12.00 uur: ontvangst met broodjes, koffie & thee
12.30 uur: Ruud Welten, De fenomenologische houding
13.00 uur: Damian Denys, (werktitel) Fenomenologie in de psychiatrie
13.30 uur: Chris Bremmers, Ontroering als therapeutisch affect
14.00 uur: Discussie
14.15 uur: Thee
14. 30 uur: Ferry de Jong, (werktitel) Hermeneutiek en strafrecht
14. 55 uur: Stijn Franken, (werktitel) Hermeneutiek in de strafrechtspraktijk
15. 20 uur: Discussie
15.30 uur: Afsluiting

20 mei Antwerpen Symposium Metaphors in Philosophy

Centre for Philosophy of Culture University of Antwerp

Panelsession ‘Colloquium on Phenomenology, Poetics, and Ethics’ on ‘Metaphysics, Metaphorics, Phenomenology’ (chair: Arthur Cools; papers by: Chris Bremmers, Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Frans van Peperstraten)

8-10 juli Universiteit van Antwerpen

The 59th International Congress of Phenomenology http://www.phenomenology.org
of The World Institute for Advanced Phenomenology and Learning

Transcendentalism Revisited

1 september Tilburg Jaarvergadering Gezelschap

Gezelschap voor Fenomenologische Wijsbegeerte ‘Fenomenologie en Literatuur’ – keynotelecture: Simon Critchley

25 september Antwerpen Studiedag

Gezelschap voor Fenomenologische Wijsbegeerte / Colloquium Fenomenologie, Poetica en Ethiek - Universiteit Antwerpen - 10.00 tot 16.15 u. http://gezfenw.blogspot.com/

Omtrent Husserls Die Krisis der europäischen Wissenschaften und die
transzendentale Phänomenologie

- Jocelyn Benoist, professeur aan de Sorbonne, directeur van de
Husserl-archieven aan de Ecole Normale Supérieur in Parijs;

- Chris Bremmers, universitair docent Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, bestuurslid en mede-oprichter van het Gezelschap voor Fenomenologische Wijsbegeerte;

- Daniele Giovannangeli, professeur ordinaire aan de Université de Liège,
directeur onderzoeksgroep Phénoménologies;

- Peter Reynaert, hoogleraar Universiteit Antwerpen, lid Gezelschap voor Fenomenologische Wijsbegeerte

9-10 oktober Brussel VII Forum of the International Federation of Daseinsanalyse

What could unfold phenomenology in the field of psychotherapy?

Najaar: Academia vitae, Deventer

Studiedag Gezelschap voor Fenomenologische Wijsbegeerte: Fenomenologie en economie