CFS Newsletter No. 3 - 2013

CFS Newsletter No. 3 - 2013

The Center for Subjectivity Research was established in 2002 as an interdisciplinary "Center of Excellence." In the period 2002-2012 it was funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. Currently it is host to a number of externally funded research projects.


Siri Hustvedt will be visiting the Center in May 2013

Award winning American novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt will visit the Center in May for a talk.

In her talk named "Borderlands: First, Second, and Third Person Adventures in Crossing Disciplines" Hustvedt will address the epistemological difficulties involved in creating theories of the self and subjectivity that cross disciplines, especially ones that hope to unite the hard sciences and the humanities. The third-person “objective” view of neurobiology can bring insights into the synaptic and neurochemical workings of the brain, but these biological realities do not describe individual phenomenal experience. Brain-based studies often ignore the role of language and culture in constituting persons in the world, just as constructionist continental theories often ignore human biology for abstract bodies made of words and ideas. Hustvedt argues that all theoretical positions rely on metaphors. The very notion of the hard sciences and the soft humanities and arts partake of deeply inculcated and often unconscious ideas about sexual difference. By drawing on work in analytical philosophy, phenomenology, the history of science, social theory, and neuroscience, She attempts to delineate the difficulties of categorization in general and the benefits of applying multiple theoretical points of view to the same problem.

Prior registration is not required.
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Dan Zahavi on YouTube

CFS Center leader Dan Zahavi has contributed to Edwin Rutsch’s series of youtube discussions on How to Build a Culture of Empathy. The video can be found on Youtube, and transcripts can be found on the website for the series.

An Introduction to Metaphilosophy

Søren Overgaard has published a new book on Metaphilosophy in collaboration with Paul Gilbert and Stephen Burwood of the University of Hull, UK. The book has been published by Cambridge University Press.

On the topics discussed in the book Søren Overgaard writes:

What is philosophy? How should we do it? Why should we bother to? These are the kinds of questions addressed by metaphilosophy – the philosophical study of the nature of philosophy itself. Students of philosophy today are faced with a confusing and daunting array of philosophical methods, approaches and styles and also deep divisions such as the notorious rift between analytic and Continental philosophy.

This book takes readers through a full range of approaches – analytic versus Continental, scientistic versus humanistic, 'pure' versus applied – enabling them to locate and understand these different ways of doing philosophy. Clearly and accessibly written, it will stimulate reflection on philosophical practice and will be invaluable for students of philosophy and other philosophically inclined readers.
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Alba Montes Sánchez employed from 1 May 2013 as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

Alba Sánchez who has been a visitor at the Center during her PhD study will be employed from the beginning of May. We look forward to her return to the Center.


Zuzanna Rucinska, University of Hertfordshire, UK (08.04.2013-06.06.2013)



Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry III: The Nature and Sources of Historical Change – 9-11 May 2013
Deadline for registration 9 April 2013
Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry III: The Nature and Sources of Historical Change.
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Phenomenology of empathy
29-31 May 2013
Confirmed speakers include Vittorio Gallese, Sara Heinämaa, Jean-Francois Lavigne, Peter Rosan, Helena De Preester, Dermot Moran, Søren Overgaard, Matthew Ratcliffe, Matthias Schlossberger and Dan Zahavi.
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Copenhagen Summer School in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind 2013 – 12-16 August 2013.
Deadline for registration 10 May 2013
Speakers include: Steven Galt Crowell, Sara Heinämaa, Jeff Malpas, Søren Overgaard, and Dan Zahavi.
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CFS Lecture by Siri Hustvedt: "Borderlands: First, Second, and Third Person Adventures in Crossing Disciplines."
3 May 2013
Lecture by award-winning novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt.
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CFS Lecture by Joseph Neisser: "How to put the 'neuro' in 'neurophenomenology'"
7 May 2013
Lecture by Joseph Neisser, Department of Philosophy, Grinnell College, USA
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CFS Lecture by Jonardon Ganeri: "Self and Nonself in Biology and Buddhist Psychology."
14 May 2013
Lecture by Jonardon Ganeri, Department of Philosophy, University of Sussex, UK
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CFS Workshop: The Second Person
21 May 2013
Presentations by Adrian Haddock (University of Stirling) and Matthias Haase (University of Leipzig)
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Grünbaum, T.: "Sensory imagination and narrative perspective: Explaining perceptual focalization." Semiotica 194, 2013, 111-136.

Zahavi, D: "Naturalized Phenomenology: A Desideratum or a Category Mistake?" Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 72, 2013, 23-42.

Overgaard, S.: “Motivating Disjunctivism.” Husserl Studies 29, 2013, 51-63.

Overgaard, S., Gilbert, P. and Burwood, S.: An Introduction to Metaphilosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 (vii + 240 pp.).

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