Husserl’s Axiology: A New Perspective on his Theory of Feelings
Thomas Byrne (KU Leuven )

December 9, 2019, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Department of Philosophy, Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity

TBA; prob. Treacy Boardroom
278 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne 3002

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities




The paper has two goals. First, I propose a novel interpretation of Edmund Husserl’s theory of feelings and emotions. I draw from Husserl’s published works and his unpublished manuscripts to rethink how he distinguished feelings from emotions. In contrast to currently accepted interpretations, I show that Husserl concluded that feelings are structurally analogous to perceptions and that emotions are akin to existential beliefs. Second, I employ and work beyond Husserl’s observations to critically engage with the contemporary continental literature on feelings and emotions. I demonstrate why Husserl’s division between those two experiences is preferable to current theories, because it can be used to more accurately account for the motivation of emotions and the ontological status of values. 

Thomas Byrne (PhD, KU Leuven) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Macau. His current research interests include the phenomenology of knowledge and the philosophy of feelings and emotions. He has recently published in Husserl Studies, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, and Studia Phaenomenologica. In 2019, he has given invited talks at the University of Cardiff, the University of Budapest, and METU University in Ankara, among others.

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Public Transport: Trams: 109 (to Box Hill), 12 (to Victoria Gardens): Tram, stop 13 (Landsdowne St. ACU).

Buses: From City: 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 318, 350, 905, 906, 907, 908. Stop: ACU.

Nearest Train Station: Parliament Station. Exit Macarthur St, go north until Victoria Parade, Turn right, 400 metres (CTC building corner of Victoria Parade and Eades St, - the Southern Side of Vic Parade, located across from what was until very recently - the Dallas Brooks Hall).

Parking along Vic Parade and at the ACU (on Young St).

The Treacy boardroom is on the ground floor, very close to the reception desk of the Thomas Carr Centre, which is the campus building at 278 Victoria Pde. There is a wheelchair-friendly toilet/bathroom on the same ground floor a short distance from the boardroom.

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