UNIVERSITA’ CA’ FOSCARI VENEZIA/ CA’ FOSCARI UNIVERSITY VENICE
DIPARTIMENTO DI FILOSOFIA E BENI CULTURALI/ DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
SUMMER SCHOOL OF PHENOMENOLOGY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL PHILOSOPHY:
THE TRUTH OF FICTIONS AND THE FICTION OF TRUTHS
VENICE, JULY 3-6, 2018
DEADLINE: March 10th, 2018
Seminars will be led by:
Pedro Alves (University of Lisbon) Lilian Alweiss (Trinity College Dublin) Daniele de Santis (University of Roma II) Nicolas de Warren (Pennsylvania State University) Matteo Giannasi (Ca’ Foscari University Venice) Burt Hopkins (University of Lille) Niall Keane (University of Limerick) Claudio Majolino (University of Lille) Gian Luigi Paltrinieri (Ca’ Foscari University Venice) Emiliano Trizio (University of the West of England)
From the most overt genre of science fiction literature and films, to the novel zones of digital experiences and identities, to the recurring specter of post-truth and truthiness, our contemporary world is saturated with fictions. Everywhere, fictions abound; but does truth still remain? Is the distinction between "truth" and "fictional" still credible or effective? Is there a truth to fictions? Are truths all vital fictions? Ever since Husserl's original, though lesser known, analyses of image-consciousness, the imagination, and phantasy, the phenomenological interest in fiction and truth has enjoyed a rich and vibrant legacy. Amongst various approaches to these topical questions, a phenomenological analysis of fictional entities and fictionalizations of the imaginary challenges any traditional construal of the distinction between "the fictional" and "the true." The imaginary is not a mere copy of reality nor are fictional entities ghost-like apparitions without their own form of objectivity. How does phenomenology contribute to a renewed philosophical understanding of fictions? How can phenomenology understand the truth of fictions while recognizing the contributing element of fictions in the constitution of truth?
The aim of this year's Venice Summer School in Phenomenology 2018 is to investigate this broad canvas of issues from different points of view within the movements of phenomenological thinking, and often at points of intersection with analytic philosophy of fictions, literary theory, aesthetics, and logic. In what sense does Husserl's claim that fictions are a vital element of phenomenology still hold true today?
The seminars of the School will address different aspects of this broad theme. No previous background in phenomenology is required. On the final day of the seminar, advanced students will be encouraged to give a personal contribution to the School's activities.
Applicants should send a CV and a sample of writing (optional) to