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Research Seminar: Situated Affectivity

SS 2023 Prof. Dr. phil. Achim Stephan OFFLINE
B.Sc modules:
CS-BWP-PHIL - Philosophy for Cognitive Science
KOGW-WPM-PHIL - Philosophy of Mind and Cognition
M.Sc modules:
CS-MWP-PHIL - Philosophy for Cognitive Science

CS-BW - Bachelor elective course
CS-MW - Master elective course
Doctorate program
Tue: 14-18

Bachelor students after successful participation of "Philosophy for Cognitive Science" and the "Introduction to the Philosophy of Emotions" Master students should also be familiar with the basics of "Philosophy of Emotions" A situated shift in affectivity studies has its roots in the philosophical paradigm of situated cognition, which, in turn, was a response to brain-centered cognitivism and methodological individualism of former approaches to cognition. Thus, according to situationists, affectivity transcends the boundaries of one’s brain and instead is inherently embodied, embedded in a particular situational context, and, some researchers claim, even extended beyond one’s body. Over recent years, the paradigm of situated affectivity has been enhancing its conceptual and methodological capacities thanks to the ongoing endeavors of its adherents. At the present research seminar, we will read, discuss, and raise questions to the latest work and development in the philosophical debate. Among others, we will cover the topics of aesthetic creativity and ways of scaffolding affective processes. We are going to have a guest researcher from Copenhagen University, Jussi Saarinen, who will in May join several discussions as well as present his current work. The third part of the seminar (June/July) may be open for students’ suggestions in terms of topics of interest.