Phenomenological and Experimental Approaches to Cognition

CREA Ecole Polytechnique

L'Amphi Stourdze

1 rue Descartes


26-27 June 2000

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    The colloquium on Phenomenological and Experimental Approaches to Cognition brought together scientists and philosophers involved in the study of cognition and the brain to explore the connection between empirical science and first-person perspectives. Theorists in two different philosophical traditions -- philosophy of mind and phenomenology -- have been looking to recent experimental results in neuroscience and psychology to inform their theoretical work. The coloquium provided a forum for discussions of issues that define the intersections between empirical science and the approaches of phenomenology and analytic philosophy of mind. Several of the participants presented short discussion papers designed to generate an exchange of ideas between representatives of the diverse disciplines. Issues for discussion included the following topics :

  • phenomenological methodology and heterophenomenology
  • brain imaging and the role of first-person reports
  • perceptual and non-perceptual first-person content
  • embodied spatial frameworks in perception
  • phenomenological and cognitive approaches to psychopathology



    Yoko Arisaka (Philosophy, University of San Francisco)

    José Bermúdez (Philosophy, University of Stirling)

    John Campbell (Philosophy, Oxford University)

    Jonathan Cole (Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Southampton)

    Natalie Depraz (University of Paris, Sorbonne)

    Naomi Eilan (Philosophy, University of Warwick)

    Shaun Gallagher (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Canisius College)

    Tamar Gendler (Philosophy, Syracuse University)

    Güven Güzeldere (Philosophy, Duke University)

    Jim Laukes (Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona)

    Eduard Marbach (Philosophy, University of Bern)

    Bernard Pachoud (CREA, EHESS, Paris)

    Josef Parnas (Psychiatry, University of Copenhagen)

    Jean Petitot (CREA, EHESS, Paris)

    Jean-Michel Roy (CREA, EHESS, Paris)

    S. Kay Toombs (Philosophy, Baylor University)

    Francisco Varela (LENA-Neurosciences Cognitives et Imagerie Cérébrale, Hôpital de la Salpètriere, Paris)

    Dan Zahavi (Philosophy, University of Copenhagen)



    June 26

    9:20-9:30 Welcome (Jean Petitot)

    9:30-10:00 Introductions and Opening Issues (Shaun Gallagher and Francisco Varela)

    10:00-10:30 Roundtable Discussion

    10:30-10:45 Break

    10:45-11:15 Eduard Marbach: Phenomenology and Heterophenomenology

    11:15-12:30 Discussant: Francisco Varela. Roundtable Discussion

    12:30-1:45 Lunch

    2:00-2:30 Güven Güzeldere: Brain imaging and philosophy of mind

    2:30-3:45 Discussant: Jonathan Cole. Roundtable Discussion

    3:45-4:00 Break

    4:00-4:30 Dan Zahavi: Self-awareness in recent phenomenology and philosophy of mind

    4:30-5:45 Discussant: Jean-Michel Roy. Roundtable Discussion

    7:00 Colloquium Dinner and Informal Discussion

    June 27

    9:00-9:30 Coffee

    9:30-10:00 José Bermúdez. The experienced spatiality of somatic proprioception

    10:00-10:30 Shaun Gallagher: Non-perceptual body awareness

    10:30-11:15 Discussant: Natalie Depraz. Roundtable Discussion

    11:15-11:30 Break

    11:30-12:00 John Campbell: Delusions

    12:00-1:15 Discussant. Tamar Gendler. Roundtable Discussion

    1:15-2:00 Lunch

    2:00-2:30 Naomi Eilan: Two approaches to psychopathology

    2:30-3:00 Josef Parnas: Phenomenology and Psychopathology

    3:00-4:15 Discussant: Kay Toombs. Roundtable Discussion

    3:45-4:00 Break

    4:00-4:30 Yoko Arisaka: Final Issues

    4:30-6:00 Discussant: Bernard Pachoud. Roundtable Discussion

    6:00-6:30 Future Business

    7:00 Dinner and Informal Discussion

    The meeting site:

    CREA Ecole Polytechnique
    1 rue Descartes
    Room: L'Amphi Stourdze ..................

    The Panthˇon -- a good landmark.

    Rue Descartes runs around the back of the Panthˇon as you can see from the map. Our thanks to CREA and the Ecole Polytechnique for hosting the meeting and providing meals and coffee breaks: