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Verstehen Colloquium

Verstehen Colloquium

The Verstehen Colloquium began, informally, with a reading group on Dilthey’s The formation of the historical world in the human sciences in the summer of 2019. This reading group brought together a group of people interested in trying to recover, principally from the phenomenological and hermeneutic traditions, ways of thinking about the nature of knowledge of human behaviour and systems which have perhaps become obscure from the perspective of current "analytic" philosophy of science, epistemology and moral philosophy. Brought together as the Verstehen Colloquium, this group now meets frequently during and outside term-time both to discuss readings of shared interest, and also to provide sessions for participants to sound out their own work making efforts on this direction.


Convenors: Matt Bennett, Sen Bhuvanendra and Rosie Worsdale.


Cave paintings from Lascaux in France
Cave paintings from Lascaux in France, discussed in Fiona Hughes’ 2013 paper on passivity in Merleau-Ponty [Attribution: Lascaux / Public domain]

 

Upcoming meetings

During Michaelmas Term 2020, we will be meeting online on Thursdays, 10-11:30, to discuss Friedrich Albert Lange’s The History of Materialism. The provisional schedule of readings is as follows:

Thursday 8 October

2nd book, 2nd section, Chapter 1: “Materialism and Exact Research”

Whole chapter, or for those with limited time, Vol II pp.307-325

Thursday 22 October

2nd book, 3rd section, Chapter 3: “Scientific Psychology"

Whole chapter, or for those with limited time, Vol III pp.167-186

Thursday 5 November

2nd book, 3rd section, Chapter 4: “The Physiology of the Sense Organs and the World as Representation"

Whole chapter i.e. Vol III pp.202-230

Thursday 19 November

2nd book, 4th section, Chapter 1: “Political Economy and Dogmatic Egoism"

Whole chapter, or for those with limited time, Vol III pp.233-253

Please contact Sen sb2276 for an invitation to the online meetings, and for access to the text. Page numbers above are from the third edition (1925) of the Thomas translation.

Previous meetings

 

Summer 2020

 

Monday 20 July

Edith Stein, The Philosophy of Psychology and the Humanities, First Treatise, Ch. I: "Causality in the Realm of Pure Experiences"

Monday 27 July

Stein, First Treatise, Ch. V: "The Intermeshing of Causality and Motivation", sections 1-4

Monday 3 August

Stein, Second Treatise, Ch. I ("The Experiential Current of the Community"), s3: "The joining of experiences in the current"

Monday 10 August

Stein, Second Treatise, Ch. II, s2, "The community's life-power and its sources"

Easter Term/Summer 2020

 

Tuesday 12 May

Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method, Part I, Chapter 1, section 1

Monday 18 May

Gadamer, Truth and Method, Part I, Chapter 1, sections 2 and 3 (selections)

Monday 25 May

Gadamer, Truth and Method, Part I, Chapter 2, section 1, subsections A and B

Monday 1 June

Gadamer, Truth and Method, Part II, Chapter 3 (selections)

Monday 8 June

Gadamer, Truth and Method, Part II, Chapter 4, section 1 

Monday 15 June

Gadamer, Truth and Method, Part II, Chapter 4, section 3

Monday 22 June

Gadamer, Truth and Method, Part III, Chapter 5, section 1

Monday 29 June

Gadamer, Truth and Method, Part III, Chapter 5, section 2

Monday 6 July

Gadamer, Truth and Method, Part III, Chapter 5, section 3

Easter Vacation/Spring 2020

 

Monday 23 March

Fiona Hughes "A Passivity Prior to Passive and Active: Merleau-Ponty’s Re-reading of the Freudian  Unconscious and Looking at Lascaux":
https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzt061

Monday 30 March

Continuation of Hughes’ paper

Monday 6 April

Edmund Husserl The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, sections 33-41

Tuesday 14 April

Husserl, Crisis sections 42-55

Tuesday 21 April

Husserl, Crisis sections 47-55

Monday 27 April

Husserl, Crisis sections 57-64

Monday 4 May

Husserl, Crisis sections 59-64

Summer 2019

Wilhelm Dilthey, “General Theses about the System of the Human Sciences” from The Formation of the Historical World in the Human Sciences

Tues 9 July

Introduction and Section One, Makkreel and Rodi translation, pp142-51 (Gesammelte Schriften 7:120-9) on objective

Tues 16 July

Section One to Section Two, pp145-55 (7:123-33), on objective apprehension, life and the human sciences

Thurs 25 July

Section One, part 2 and Section Two, chapter 1, pp149-57 (7:127-35)

Tues 30 July

Section Two, chapter 1, pp152-60 (7:130-8), on life-experience

Tues 6 August

Section Two, chapter I, pp155-62 (7:133-40), on life-attitudes, life-experience and lived experience

Tues 13 August

Section Two, chapters 1 and 2, pp158-66 (7:137-45)

Tues 27 August

Section Two, chapter 2, pp160-8 (7:139-46) on structural nexus of consciousness, reflection on lived experience, time, mutual understanding, and generality/universality

Tues 3 September

Section Two, chapters 2 and 3, pp163-70 (7:141-8) on understanding, generality and universality

Tues 10 September

Section Two, chapters 2 and 3, pp167-74 (7:145-52)

Thurs 19 September

Section Two, chapters 3 and 4, pp169-75 (7:147-53) on objectivity

Thurs 26 September

Section Two, chapter 4, part 1, pp170-8 (7:148-56)