MONTHLY PHENOMENOLOGY- An online forum of discussion on recent work in phenomenology

martedì, 10 Novembre, 2020


We are very happy to share the news about the series of seminars “Monthly Phenomenology”, organized on behalf of the Network for Phenomenological Research.

An online forum of discussion on recent work in phenomenology

Description: This series of talks will gather together scholars interested in phenomenology and its relation to contemporary issues in philosophy, especially in the philosophy of mind. It aims at establishing a forum of discussion where people can meet on a regular basis and present their work-in-progress or recent publications. The topics addressed will stretch from the history of early phenomenology to the systematic application of phenomenological insights to recent debates in analytic philosophy.

Schedule: The talks will take place once a month on a Friday for 8 months (with a break in March). Time: 10:15am EST/EDT, 3:15pm GMT, 4:15pm CET. Talks last 90 minutes, including a 45 minutes Q&A.

Participation: Talks are held on zoom. To participate, please send an email to with the heading: “Registration Monthly Phenomenology”. A zoom link will be sent to you the day preceding each talk.


**First talk**

Samantha Matherne (Harvard University)

The Normativity of Color: Perspectives from Edith Landmann-Kalischer and Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Friday, 20 November 2020
10:15am EST, 3:15pm GMT, 4:15pm CET

Abstract: Does color place any demands on us? Is there any sense in which we should respond to it? Does it give us reason to engage in certain ways? Often, it is assumed that the answer to these questions is ‘no’, and that it is only value-laden properties, like aesthetic or moral properties, which generate demands, shoulds, and reasons. However, I consider two phenomenological accounts of why it only seems that color is normatively neutral, when it, in fact, places demands on us, viz., the accounts defended by Edith Landmann-Kalischer and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Although each defends a different view of the normativity of color, they both develop their views by means of an analysis of the symmetry between color and aesthetic properties. I argue that this strategy reveals something not only about the normativity of color, but also its continuity with aesthetic properties.

**Upcoming talks**

Chiara Russo Krauss (University of Naples Federico II)
11 December 2020

Carlota Serrahima (University of Antwerp)
29 January 2021

Chad Kidd (City University of New York)
The Phenomenology of Rationality
26 February 2021

Marta Jorba (University of the Basque Country)
9 April 2021

Anna Giustina (University of Liège)
Acquaintance and Inner Awareness
7 May 2021

Joel Smith (University of Manchester)
Perceptual Demonstratives in the Logical Investigations
25 June 2021

Matt Bower (Texas State University)
The Problem of Objectual Phenomenology
9 July 2021

Guillaume Fréchette (University of Geneva)
Alessandro Salice (University College Cork)
Hamid Taieb (Humboldt University Berlin)
Íngrid Vendrell-Ferran (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Organized on behalf of the Network for Phenomenological Research

Download the program of the series here.

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