Del 15/11 al 17/11
Humanities Auditorium (PUCP) & Online
If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out and difficult (Heraclitus, B18)
Since the beginning of the XXth century, the experience of recurring crises is globally manifest in Western sciences and culture, national and international relations, and political and economic systems. An impending environmental disaster is added decades later. The motor behind Modernity’s idea of progress and its nascent political projects—the faith in the predictive potency of natural laws and their causal determinism—begins to weaken (Husserl, Spengler, Toynbee). Towards the end of the XXth century, humanity faces the collapse of the so-called Western and Eastern blocks. The growing globalization of communications, interdisciplinarity, and technological revolution promise to revive the intercultural dialogue and expand “democratization.” But the accelerated growth of the digital revolution and its Promethean possibilities reveals its “Janus face”. Technical-digital training increases exponentially (see the “open AI-ChatGPT”), in inverse proportion to education and culture. “Information” expands while “critical knowledge” decreases. Former methods and theories lose the efficacy of “predictive control.” Even physics acknowledges entropy, chaos, and unpredictability. “History” is discovered within the natural world, and sciences speak of “the end of certainty” (Prigogine). The use of dynamic probabilistic systems increases. The idea of an “in-disposable future” surprising us “like a robber in the night” (Saint Paul, Heidegger), as well as Habermas’ “new invisibility” darken the future of the planet and humanity. Instead of being fulfilled by syntheses of coincidence, human expectancies (founded upon past experiences) are met with conflicts or emptiness (Husserl). An epistemic shadow grows within the context of worldwide communication threatening to devour it. Cognitive (emotional) biases radicalize and polarize opinions, evidential criteria evaporate, and narrative “bubbles” proliferate. Digital networks and media oscillate between consensual dialogues and battlefields—where acknowledged “truths” have silenced dissenters. Verbal and ideological violence becomes physical violence (Arendt). The world tends again towards crude populisms, autocracies, and/or totalitarianisms (Fromm, Arendt). Barely disguised as institutional democracies, they begin to replace them.
The XIX Journeys of the Peruvian Circle of Phenomenology and Hermeneutics summons scholars to reflect and interpret the structure and genesis of cognitive and emotional individual and collective experiences in order to shed light upon the paradoxical and multifaceted crises and violence that our globalized humanity faces today, and that takes shape as a “new invisibility” regarding the future of democracy, ecology and technology.
Submission of title and abstract (max. 150 palabras): 15th of August 2023 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Blind evaluation: 15th – 29th of August
Confirmation: 30th of August – 10th of September
James Dodd is Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College, The New School, in New York. He specializes in phenomenology and 19th and 20th century continental philosophy. Current research includes the history of transcendental logic from Kant to Husserl, the philosophy of architecture, the philosophy of violence, the work of the Czech dissident philosopher Jan Patočka, and philosophical responses to the Cold War. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including a Fritz-Thyssen Fellowship in 1996/1997 and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 2000. Publications include The Heresies of Jan Patočka: Phenomenology, History, Politics (Northwestern, 2023); Phenomenological Reflections on Violence. A Skeptical Approach (Routledge, 2017); Phenomenology, Architecture, and the Built World. Exercises in Philosophical Anthropology (Brill, 2017); Violence and Phenomenology (Routledge, 2009; Paperback, 2014); Crisis and Reflection: An Essay on Husserl’s Crisis of the European Sciences (Kluwer, 2004); as well as numerous articles on Hegel, Schelling, Nietzsche, and Husserl.
Michael Staudigl is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna’s Department of Philosophy. He has been granted several research and visiting fellowships (Husserl Archives in Cologne, Harvard University, and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna), and directed research grants funded by the Austrian Science Funds. He has also given lectures and taught at several universities across the world. His research interests lie in continental philosophy, contemporary French philosophy, classical and contemporary phenomenology, interdisciplinary violence and war studies, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of religion and religious violence. He has published numerous papers, book chapters, and edited volumes in these areas, such as Phänomenologie der Gewalt (Springer, 2015), currently being translated into English, Gesichter der Gewalt (Fink, 2014), Figuren der Transzendenz (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013), and Phenomenologies of Violence (Brill, 2013), and also co-edited Konturen europäischer Gastlichkeit (Velbrück, 2016), amongst others. Currently, Staudigl is working on several book manuscripts and projects on phenomenological anthropology, violence, Kant and Husserl on transcendental logic, and more.
Natalie Depraz obtained her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Paris Nanterre. She is currently Professor of contemporary philosophy and German philosophy at the University of Rouen, member of the Husserl Archives (ENS/CNRS) of Paris, and founder of the l’École rouennaise de phénoménologie. She is co-founder of Alter, Revue de Phénoménologie, as well as its current Director. Since 2020, she holds the Chair of Excellence in Philosophy at the University Galatasaray of Istanbul. She is an internationally renowned phenomenologist, with research related to cognitive sciences, psychopathology, neuroscience, the arts, and religion. She collaborated closely with the neurobiologist Francisco Varela, and has translated the works of authors like Husserl and Fink into French. Especially notorious amongst her numerous publications are Attention et vigilance, à la croisée de la phénoménologie et des sciences cognitives (Paris, 2014), and Le sujet de la surprise, un sujet cardial (Bucharest, 2018).
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