Attitudinal Cognitive Phenomenology and the Horizon of Possibilities
Marta Jorba (University College Dublin)

part of: Yet Another Workshop on Phenomenal Intentionality
November 30, 2014, 5:00am - 6:30am
Department of Philosophy, Central European University

Gellner Room
Nador utca 9
Budapest 1051

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Katalin Farkas
Central European University
David Pitt
California State University, Los Angeles

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In this talk I present a defence of cognitive phenomenology by focusing on two related elements: (i) the attitude component of cognitive mental episodes, and (ii) the background knowledge and what can be called ‘the horizon of possibilities’. Firstly, I examine the relation of cognitive attitudes and phenomenal character and defend the view that different kinds of cognitive attitudes exhibit different kinds of cognitive phenomenology. This view is supported by a version of the epistemic argument (Pitt 2004) applied to cognitive attitudes. Secondly, and focusing on cases of consciously thinking a thought, I argue that these are not isolated intentional experiences but rather we have to acknowledge holistic clusters where our previous beliefs and knowledge play a certain role in the anticipation of future experiences. I call this anticipation aspect ‘the horizon of possibilities’ and I elaborate on what it is, why it is experienced, whether it is reducible or not to a temporal anticipation and, finally, how it contributes to cognitive phenomenology.

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