Volentieri segnaliamo qui l’intervista di Andrei Simionescu-Panait a Roberta De Monticelli, pubblicata su “Europe’s Journal of Psychology” (2015, Vol. 11(3), 379–394).
Sour Fruits on the Trail: Renewing Phenomenological Practice
Andrei Simionescu-Panait: Each year, the San Raffaele University hosts an international Spring School, which gathers around for debate numerous big authors in philosophy and connected areas of research, as well as plenty of students. This year, the event (“Joint Commitment. Collective Intentionality, Trust and Political Obligation”) hosted a direct dialogue between phenomenologists, experts in social ontology, applied ethics, normativity and researchers interested by intersubjectivity and empathy – in short, an important interdisciplinary event. How would you appreciate the presence of Husserlian concepts or Schelerian axiology in this fresh environment of ideas? Does phenomenology display a tendency of growth in recognised importance, considering research in recent years?
Roberta De Monticelli: The latter question is important. Indeed, we are looking at a re-awakening of true phenomenological research all over the world. This rekindled interest in all sorts of issues (De Monticelli, 2013) related to what Lynne Baker would call “the metaphysics of everyday world” (Baker, 2007) is the exciting fact of the last years, along with a more and more widespread involvement of trained philosophers in the research projects of a variety of sciences, addressing the natural and the social aspects of human life. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since that harsh judgment made by Thomas Metzinger, according to whom phenomenology was “a discredited research program… intellectually bankrupt for at least 50 years” (Gallagher & Zahavi, 2008). Shaun Gallagher and Dan Zahavi, who are among the protagonists of the phenomenological renaissance at the very heart of contemporary philosophy of mind, point out three developments in cognitive science, which brought about a possible rehabilitation of phenomenology: 1. Arevived interest in phenomenal consciousness; 2. The advent of embodied approaches to cognition; 3. The amazing progress in neuroscience and – I would add – the increasing need for accurate description of life-world phenomena whose neurobiological correlates one wants to investigate [...]
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