Postphenomenology, Technoscience and Hermeneutics

May 4, 2020 - May 7, 2020
Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu

Jakobi 2
Tartu 51005



Don Ihde
State University of New York, Stony Brook


University of Tartu

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At least since his POSTPHENOMENOLOGY, ESSAYS IN THE POSTMODERN CONTEXT (1993), Don Ihde has been known as the founder of postphenomenology, a modified phenomenology and pragmatism focused upon analysing technologies. It continues some phenomenological style, to which is added the insights of recent Pragmatism (Rorty) and classical Dewey with his emphasis upon an experimental organism/environment model of analysis. His own focal research—for now 40+ years—has been imagining technologies with a development of "material sensitivity" in relation to human experience and skill development highly influenced by Merleau-Ponty and Dreyfus. His 1998 EXPANDING HERMENEUTICS: VISUALISM IN SCIENCE looked into the human perceptual bodily relations to science practice and MATERIAL HERMENEUTICS follows these consequences. He is proposing to destroy the duality of the "Diltheyan Divide" and develop a singular hermeneutic centered style of analysis for both natural and human sciences.

Seminars take place every day at 10:00-13:30, public lectures on May 4, 5 and 6 at 16-18. One day seminars are replaced by practical work.

Schedule of the public lectures:
4 May: Why Material Hermeneutics? Otzy the iceman as a "pure" example of Material Hermeneutics
5 May: Why Civilizations Fail.
6 May: Postscript: Postphenomenology and Material Hermeneutics.

Readings for the workshop, to be read through beforehand:
Ihde, Don 2009, Postphenomenology and Technoscience
Ihde, Don 1993, Postphenomenology. Essays in the Postmodern Context, Introduction: Postphenomenology, pp 1-8
Ihde, Don 1998, Expanding Hermeneutics. Visualism in Science, pp 1-25 and part 4 Expanding hermeneutics, pp 139-198
Verbeek, Peter-Paul 2003, Material Hermeneutics. Techne 6:3, pp 91-96
Friis et al 2012, Book Symposium on Don Ihde's Expanding Hermeneutics: Visualism in Science, Philosophy and Technology, Vol 25, No. 2, pp. 249-270

The workshop is appropriate for students of all levels, beginning from advanced bachelor level, and also all other interested people are welcome. Participation is free. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available for students from abroad. Students can obtain 3 ECTS for the workshop, for which they must submit a short essay by an appointed deadline.

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