Research Seminar in Phenomenology 2009-2010


Topic 2009-2010: Matters of Intentionality.

University of Liège, May 3-7, 2010.

Room: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Salle de l'Horloge (Central Building, Place du Vingt-Août, Aile des Jésuites, 2d mezzanine). Thursday: Salle Wittert (= room A1/R120, Central Building, Place du Vingt-Août, 1st floor, access by the inner courtyard). Friday: Salle Petit-Physique (Central Building, Place du Vingt-Août, Aile des Jésuites, 2d mezzanine).

The research seminar in phenomenology is an activity of the FNRS Doctoral School. Organized over a whole week, it aims at stimulating collaborative research, open to original contributions from Belgian and foreign researchers and academics.

Présentation The seminar will address the following issues: 1) First, we intend to explore the great diversity of the interpretations of intentionality — psychological, logico-linguistic, existentialist, etc. — as well as how they could combine. Among other questions, we will examine the ontological status of the intentional content (Brentano's "intentional in-existence", Meinongian approaches, Fregean readings of Husserl, etc.), the relation between linguistic and non-linguistic intentionality, the existential interpretation of intentionality, etc. 2) Then, we will focus on the critiques of intentionality, especially in externalism and French philosophy. 3) Finally, we will study the relation between consciousness and intentionality, which is an issue of major importance in current debate. Are these two notions mutually exclusive (theory of qualia, functionalism, etc.) or should we view them as complementary (Brentano's thesis, Husserl, theories of phenomenal intentionality)? In what terms should we, for example, describe the relation between intentionality and feeling? etc.

Further Information: Arnaud Dewalque: a.dewalque[at] — Denis Seron: d.seron[at]  +32 (0)4 366 55 93

The seminar is free of charge and open to the public without registration.

Practical details

The seminar will take place from May 3 to 7, at the University of Liège (Belgium).

Registration is not required for attendance and is free for speakers. At the participant's request, the Philosophy Department will issue a certificate which can be used for doctoral certification (ECTS).

Proposals (title and abstract) should be sent to Arnaud Dewalque ( by December 31, 2009. Please use only the electronic registration form. Acceptance or refusal will be notified by January 15.

The languages of the seminar are French and English.

The Doctoral School does not cover the accommodation and travel costs of the CFP speakers. Information on accommodation is available (please contact D. Seron or A. Dewalque).

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Archive of the Seminar


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Last update: 05-2-2010