International Winter School - Forum Scientiarum, University of Tuebingen

February 20 - 24, 2017

Phenomenology and the Framework of Givenness
The 2017 International Winter School will be held at the Forum Scientiarum, University of Tübingen on February 20th – 24th, 2017. Guest lecturer will be Ray Brassier, Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut, known for his work on philosophical realism. He is the author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction (Palgrave 2007) and the English translator of works by Alain Badiou and Quentin Meillassoux.
As the title indicates, the Winter School shall discuss the problem of “givenness” in the context of the analytic Kantian critique of phenomenology, developed mainly by Wilfrid Sellars, Robert Brandom, and John McDowell. The critique focuses on two aspects: First, that there is an irreducible difference between cases in which intentional objects are perceptually present and cases in which they are represented by something else. Second, the claim that ‘eidetic intuition’ can reveal a priori the necessary categorial features of phenomena.

This year's Winter School is addressed to doctoral/post-doctoral students and advanced undergraduates from all universities. It will consist of a series of lectures, based on a reader previously provided by Prof. Brassier as well as presentations by the course participants. Any papers regarding this topic as well as other related themes are welcome.

Submission Information

In order to participate applicants have to submit a completed application form downloadable from our website together with a cover letter stating the motivation to participate and a CV according to usual standards. Those who intend to give presentations must also attach to the application a short abstract (1000 words max.) in order to outline the project or case study to be introduced during the Winter School.

Deadline for the receipt of complete application is December 3rd, 2016. A letter of admission will reach successful applicants by December 20th.

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