Cognitive science, Philosophy, Political science

Course date

29 June - 3 July, 2015
The application process is closed.
Course Director(s): 

David Weberman

Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Chrysovalantis Margaritidis

Dean of Students Office, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Monica Jitareanu

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Hanoch Ben-Yami

Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary & Vienna, Austria

Dorothea Debus

Department of Philosophy, University of York, United Kingdom

Terence Horgan

University of Arizona, Philosophy, Tucson, United States of America

Uriah Kriegel

Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS, EHESS and ENS, Paris, France

Mark Timmons

Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Dan Zahavi

Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
It is a new approach to moral philosophy that brings phenomenology to center stage. Until very recently, two great intellectual traditions – phenomenology and analytic philosophy – regarded each other with mistrust and hostility. Recently, philosophers across the divide have started to acknowledge the importance of the other tradition’s methods, recognized the extent to which they complement each other, and realized the benefits of working together. This course is a significant step in this process. It intends to clarify the meaning of “moral phenomenology”, and to consider whether the phenomenological method can be of any use to moral philosophy. It also looks at certain topics inspired or informed by phenomenology, which are gaining traction in philosophy of mind and cognitive sciences – empathy and interpersonal understanding, collective intentionality, shame, and the sharing of emotions – to see what they can contribute to moral phenomenology.
The course instructors are committed to providing a rich learning experience to the students attending the course, making their studies at SUN both enjoyable and valuable. Applications are invited from doctoral students and junior faculty in philosophy departments working on questions of moral philosophy (ethics and meta-ethics), philosophy of mind, epistemology, and applied ethics.