A Dangerous Liaison? The Analytic Engagement With Continental Philosophy

December 9, 2011
University of York

Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building
Heslington West Campus
United Kingdom


  • The Mind Association
  • The Aristotelian Society

Keynote speakers:

Barry Dainton
University of Liverpool
Denis McManus
University of Southampton
Christopher Norris
University of Wales, Cardiff
Joel Smith
University of Manchester

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The history of antagonism between the analytic and hermeneutic-phenomenological traditions of philosophy suggests that dialogue is simply not possible, and that the difference runs deeper than approaches, methods, and styles. It seems, however, that both are asking the same questions – or at least questions about the same subjects – even if their answers differ radically.  The problems of knowledge, existence, ethics, and aesthetics feature on the agendas of Anglo-American and Continental philosophy alike, and a minority of analytic philosophers have regarded their counterparts as a source of potential enlightenment.  Phenomenology in particular is relevant to the philosophy of mind, and Merleau-Ponty’s work has been employed by Shaun Gallagher, Alva Noë, Brian O’Shaughnessy, and Charles Taylor.  Husserl is another popular choice, with Dan Zahavi and Shaun Gallagher editing Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, a journal aimed at applying Husserl’s work to analytic philosophy and other disciplines.  Heidegger’s hermeneutics have drawn attention from Richard Rorty, Hubert Dreyfus, Gilbert Ryle, and Andy Clark.  Christopher Norris has even argued against the perception of Derrida as a postmodernist, advancing his work as a Kantian critique rather than a deconstruction of analytic philosophy.  It appears that cross-pollination is not just possible, but actively practised by a self-selected few.

  • 09:00:   Registration.
  • 09:30:   Professor Christopher Norris (Cardiff) on Derrida.
  •          Response: Dr Donnchadh O Conaill (Durham).
  • 10:45:   Break.
  • 11:00:   Mr Paul Giladi (Sheffield): ‘Hegel: Analytic Philosophy’s Pharmakon’.
  • 11:45:   Break.
  • 12:00:   Professor Barry Dainton (Liverpool) on Husserl.
  •            Response: Mr David Allen (Warwick).
  • 13:15:   Lunch.
  • 14:30:   Dr Denis McManus (Southampton) on Heidegger.
  •               Response: TBA.
  • 15:45:   Break.
  • 16:00:   Mr Joshua Tepley (Notre Dame): ‘Heidegger and the Properties of Being’.
  • 16:45:   Break.
  • 17:00:   Dr Joel Smith (Manchester) on Merleau-Ponty: ‘Egocentric Space’.
  •          Response: Mr Jack Wadham (Sheffield).
  • 18:15:   Close.

There is a registration fee of £20.00, which includes lunch, and registration in advance is preferable although not essential.  A cheque made out to the ‘University of York’ should be sent to: Mrs Julie Kay, Department of Philosophy, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD.  Please write ‘Dangerous Liaison’ or ‘Conference Registration’ on the back of the cheque.     

Enquiries should be emailed to Ema Sullivan-Bissett at [email protected].

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