FAH/PHIL Philosophy and Religious Studies Lecture Series – ‘“The Unity of a Spiritual Life”: Husserl on Cultural Phenomenology’ by Prof. Dermot Moran, Boston College, USA


Speaker:

Prof. Dermot Moran, Boston College, USA

Date:

3 Oct 2019

Time:

16:00

Venue:

E21-3118

Description:

Abstract

In this lecture, then, I want to explore in some depth Husserl’s conception of ‘spirit’ (Geist) and his overall conception of human ‘socialities’ (Sozialitäten) and ‘culture’ (Kultur). Given Husserl’s concept of an overall, even absolute spirit, how can we speak of different cultures? How can we recognize different spiritual unities? Are cultures defined by their linguistic and normative structures and their ‘historicities’? Has technology now unified all cultures as a ‘global’ culture? In what sense is Husserl’s dream of spiritual renewal possible today? In this address, I shall reflect on Husserl’s concept of cultural development as found in his writings from the twenties and thirties, from Erste Philosophie to the Krisis. I shall examine in particular Husserl concept of cultures as ‘spiritual unities’ and ask whether his concept of persons as monads is extended to a monadology of cultures.

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

English

Enquiry:

Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
Tel: (853) 8822 4768
Email: fah.philosophy@um.edu.mo