First Seminar Meeting on September 8th at 4pm

The first meeting of the 2011/2012 “Phenomenology, Minds, & Media” Sawyer Seminar will be held on Thursday, September 8th from 4pm-6pm in Friedl 225.  The speakers are Mark Hansen and Rob Mitchell.

The purpose of the first meeting is twofold: on the one hand, to outline the Seminar themes and speakers; on the other, to begin our discussion of relationships between phenomenology, brain sciences, and media theory. The focus in the fall semester will be on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century intersections of these three discourses (though we will make frequent nods to contemporary intersections as well). For this first meeting, we’d like attendees to read a short selection from Edmund Husserl’s Logical Investigations–a text which, while still belonging to Husserl’s pre-phenomenological period, nevertheless outlines why he thought that neither psychology nor physiology could fully explain the experience of logic and mathematics, and thus why he thought that the philosophical method of phenomenology was necessary.

For those interested in reading more about the context in which Husserl was writing–for example, what it meant to attack “psychologism” in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century–we’ve also included several optional readings. However, the only reading on which we’ll focus discussion is the selection from Logical Investigations:  Husserl, Edmund. Logical Investigations. trans. J. N. Findlay, Routledge 1970. (Chapters 4, 5 and 9)

Optional Reading 1 and Optional Reading 2

*Please note that all other seminar meetings will be held from 4:30pm-6:30pm in Friedl 225 and that the 9/08 seminar start time of 4pm is unique*

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