180157 PS The Phenomenology of Habits (2016S)
- Anmeldung von Mo 15.02.2016 09:00 bis Fr 26.02.2016 09:00
- Anmeldung von Sa 27.02.2016 09:00 bis Do 03.03.2016 09:00
- Abmeldung bis Do 31.03.2016 23:59
Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert
Seminar 1: March 9th
General Introduction to the phenomenology of Habits .This session gives an introduction to the topic of habits and provides an overview of three guiding sections of the course:
In our first section of seminars, we set out to see how habits make the world familiar to us. In phenomenology, embodied practices and embodied knowledge is a way in which the world makes itself understood. We set out by establishing the relation between habits and our embodied understanding of the world.B: Autonomy and Responsibility in Habitual Agency (Seminar 6-9)
In this second section of seminars, we investigate the relation between habits on the one hand and autonomy and freedom on the other. If we are engaged unreflectively in the world, knowing it by being emerged in it, how are we to see ourselves as responsible and free in relation to our habitual agency? Is freedom merely an exception from our otherwise unreflective actions?C: Automatization, Unfamiliarity and Self-Alienation in Habits (Seminar 10-13)
In this third section of seminars, we question how much automatization and unreflectivness we can endure. Are there limits to our self-familiarity, are there ways in which our ownmost familiar actions can become strangely foreign to us and thus appear to us with otherness? Which kind of self-experience is at stake in habitual agency?Seminar 2: March 16th
A1: Merleau-Ponty, M. (2012):"The Spatiality and Motility of One's own Body&"; and "The synthesis of one's own body" pp. 100-14 and pp. 137-155 in Phenomenology of Perception 2012, London: Routledge, transl. by Donald A. LandesSeminar 3: April 6th
A2: Heidegger, M. (1993) Sein und Zeit, §§ 14-18, pp.63-88Seminar 4: April 13th
A3: Ravaisson, F. (2008): Of Habit, transl. by Clare Carlisle and Mark Sinclair, pp. 23-77
Seminar 5: April 20thA4: Rietveld, E. (2008): Unreflective Action. A Philosophical Contribution to Integrative
Neuroscience, pp. 125-168 Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, ILLC Dissertation SeriesSeminar 6: April 27th
B1: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Book II: section 1-7; Book III: section 1-5Seminar 7: May 4th
B2: Dewey, J (1921) Human Nature and Conduct, New York; Cosimo Classics pp. 14-41; pp. 172-99;Seminar 8: May 11th
B3: Korsgaard, C. (1996) "The Authority of Reflection" in The Source of Normativity, (Ed.) Onora O'Neill, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.90-130Seminar 9: May 18th
B4: Railton, P. (2009) "Practical competence and fluent agency" in Reasons for Action (ed.) D. Sobel and S. Wall, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.81-115Seminar 10: May 25th
C1: Ricoeur, P. (2007) Freedom and Nature. The Voluntary and the Involuntary, Evanstone: North Western University Press, Chapter 2, section  'Habit', pp.280-307Seminar 11: June 1st
C2: Waldenfels, B. (2004) "Bodily experience between selfhood and otherness" in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (3) pp. 235-48Seminar 12: June 8th
C3: Ratcliffe, M. (2009) "Existential Feeling and Psychopathology", in Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology,
16(2), pp.179-194.Seminar 13: June 15th
C4: Fuchs, T. (2012): "Body memory and the Unconscious" in Founding Psychoanalysis Phenomenologically. Phenomenological Theory of Subjectivity and the Psychoanalytic Experience (Ed. Lohmar, D. and Jagna Brudzinska) pp.69-82, Phaenomenologica 199, Springer
Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung
Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel
Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab
- The students should attend 9 or more seminars out of 13.
- The students are expected to read the texts carefully before class and be prepared to discuss the texts in class.
- The students are expected to give one oral presentation of the central arguments of one of the readings during the semester.
- Finally, the students are expected to submit two short essays on topics discussed in class while covering at least two of the assigned texts from the syllabus. The essays are expected to be of 2500 words each.Deadlines and Guidelines:
The two essays should be submitted
1) 12:00 Thursday June 29th, 2016
2) 12:00 Friday July 29th, 2016
Papers can be submitted in German or English. Further guidelines will be uploaded on Moodle.
Students will achieve 4 ECTS points from participating successfully in this course.