CFP: Intersubjectivity as Interaction – In the footsteps of Merleau-Ponty

Submission deadline: March 1, 2013

Conference date(s):
June 6, 2013 - June 7, 2013

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Conference Venue:

Departments of Philosophy of Mind, Philosophical Anthropology and History of Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen
Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s notion of the body-subject has proven to be truly innovative in connecting body, mind and world. His phenomenological work is an important source of the emerging new paradigm of embedded, embodied, enactive, extended cognition (4EC)

This conference focuses on a particular theme in the expanding field of 4EC, i.e. intersubjectivity as interaction. 

Confirmed keynotes:

Søren Overgaard
Hanne de Jaegher

Invited keynote:
Shaun Gallagher

In line with the interdisciplinary approach of 4EC, we invite papers addressing the theme from various perspectives, including but not limited to the perspectives of:

  • sense-making & social cognition
  • second person perspective
  • dynamical systems theory
  • collective intentionality
  • constitution of the social world
  • phenomenological accounts of action
  • Merleau-Ponty and philosophy of mind from a historical and/or comparative perspective

The aim is to investigate to what extent and in what sense Merleau-Ponty’s insights of notions such as body, world, consciousness and action, help us with the problem of intersubjectivity.

We invite graduate students and young researchers in particular to send in an abstract. Papers are welcomed in the fields of Philosophy of Mind, Philosophical Anthropology, History of Philosophy, Cognitive (Neuro-)Science, and other relevant disciplines.

Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) in pdf-, doc.- or docx.-file to: [email protected] before the 1st of March, 2013. Keep in mind that your paper should have the length of a 20-minute lecture (followed by a 20-minute discussion).

Furthermore, we invite graduate students to send in panel proposals consisting of no more than three students, intended for a 40-minute discussion. Applicants will be notified by the 15th of March.

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