Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology. Il nuovo volume a cura di Liliana Albertazzi

domenica, aprile 21, 2013
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Volentieri segnaliamo la pubblicazione del volume Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology, a cura di Liliana Albertazzi.

 

Presentation

There are two main ‘classical’ versions’ of phenomenology: the Husserlian one and the experimental version of Stumpf and Michotte. What is the difference between the two classic versions of phenomenology? Are they incompatible with each other, in that one pertains to philosophical analysis and the other to science, or are they in some way concordant? The Handbook puts the question and offers an answer.
Among the several variants of phenomenology, however, today the experimental one is the most promising. Whilst maintaining a strongly theoretical character, experimental phenomenology is a science whose specific object of inquiry is appearances or mental phenomena.
What experimental phenomenology incontestably entails is the need to devise a psychological science per se which goes beyond current proposals, and the development of new methods of investigation, measurement and modeling of phenomena of subjective experience .
The positions of individual researchers on the role and function of experimental phenomenology may vary and be more or less extreme: there are those who tend to think that analysis of phenomena can be conducted by remaining exclusively within the field of the qualitative, and those who choose to explore all the possibilities offered by psychophysics or the neurosciences to find correlations which shed light on the world of subjective experience. What distinguishes and links the reflections conducted in this Handbook on experimental phenomenology is the focus trained by researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds on the subjective, valence, and meaningful aspects of experience and their endeavour to provide a scientific explanation of them which is as rigorous as those of the kindred disciplines of psychophysics and neuroscience.
Devising and developing a science of appearances or a psychological science per se is obviously a courageous undertaking. The Handbook shows that rigorous philosophy and exact science are inseparable, and it demonstrates the extraordinary results that can be achieved when the effort is shared.
Liliana Albertazzi

 

Biosketch
Liliana Albertazzi is Principal Investigator at the University of Trento Centre for the Mind and Brain (CIMeC), where she coordinates studies and a series of events on the analysis of cognitive spaces, and Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities. While her primary training was in philosophy, with a focus on phenomenology, during the past 20 years she has laid the foundations of the science of appearances from both the theoretical and the experimental point of view. Her research interests include the emergence of semantic structures, visual awareness, and qualitative perceiving. She has published five books, about 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and has been editor of 21 books.

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