Interdisciplinary Conference

Phenomenology and the Science of Consciousness

27-29 March 2008

University of Central Florida

Co-sponsored by the UCF Cognitive Science Program, Philosophy Department
and the International Association for Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
with funding from the Siemens Corporation



This meeting is focused on issues related to phenomenology and interdisciplinary methods relevant to the study of consciousness, self-consciousness, perception, and cognition more generally. To promote more intensive discussions of these issues, the meeting will be organized in a seminar style, with limited seating.

Participants include Sven Arvidson (Philosophy, Seattle University); Juan Botero (Philosophy, National University, Bogota); Shaun Gallagher (Philosophy/Cognitive Sciences, University of Central Florida), Dorothée Legrand (Center for Subjectivity Research, Copenhagen University), Jean-Luc Petit (College de France, Paris), Matthew Ratcliffe (Durham University), and Dan Schmicking (Philosophy, Mainz University)



Thursday, 27 March

Location: University of Central Florida PSY 228b

9:00-10:00 Dan Schmicking (Mainz University). Remarks on the method(s) of phenomenology and the problem of naturalization

10:00-10:45 Discussion

10:45-11:45 Jean-Luc Petit (College de France). Intentional Phenomenology – Attentional Mechanisms

11:45-12:30 Discussion

12:30-2:30 Lunch

2:30-3:30 Sven Arvidson (Seattle University). A Gestalt-Phenomenology of Attention

3:30-4:15 Discussion

4:15-5:15 Matthew Ratcliffe (Durham University) The Phenomenology of Depression

5:15-6:00 Discussion

7:00 Dinner

Friday, 28 March

Location: University of Central Florida PSY 228b

9:30-10:30 Dorothée Legrand (University of Copenhagen) The body and pre-reflective consciousness

10:30-11:15 Discussion

11:15-12:15 Juan Botero (National University, Bogota). In the Flesh? Questions about the Sense of Presence in Perceptual Experience

12:15-1:00 Discussion

1:00-2:30 Lunch

2:30-3:30 Shaun Gallagher (UCF) Direct intersubjective perception

3:30-4:00 Discussion

6:00 Dinner

Saturday, 29 March

Location: UCF Cocoa Campus: Conference room (Holiday Inn)

9:00-11:00 Panel Discussion: The relevance of phenomenology to cognitive science



More Information: Contact Shaun Gallagher (