Phenomenology, Imagination, and Perception

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Prof. Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, University of Birmingham examines how Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of embodied consciousness, particularly in his phenomenological aesthetics and his interpretations of Cézanne, forces a reconsideration of the concept of imagination and its relation to perception.

Despite the strict segregation of imagination and perception in classical phenomenology, the role Merleau-Ponty allows for imagination in perceptual experience, even in its more radical formulations in The Visible and the Invisible, will be shown to be anticipated in some aspects of Husserl's thought.

The prospects for a revised contemporary phenomenology of imagination, and its implications for aesthetics, will be considered.


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Contact name: Erin Lafford

Audience: Open to all