THE BRITISH SOCIETY FOR PHENOMENOLOGY
Annual Conference 2005
The Problem of the New
April 8th – 10th
With the breakdown in classical paradigms of production, innovation in the
approach to time, and a reconsideration of practice in the light of
philosophies of difference, the problem of the new has come to occupy an
important place in a variety of philosophical fields, including ontology,
political philosophy, art and the philosophy of science. The conference
will examine the problem of the new from a variety of perspectives.
Saturday, April 9th, 8.30 p.m.
Mario Perniola (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)
Taking the title from the renowned book Expanded Cinema by Gene, Youngblood, the paper focuses on the extension of the notion of phenomenological epoché from the originary cognitive context, in which it arose, to many other spheres that at first sight belong to the empirical and natural world. The phenomenological attitude of suspension over the last decades has spread not only in the artistic and aesthetic horizon, with which it has always had a certain likeness, but also to religious, technical, social and sexual behaviours. In this process the influence of Eastern cultures, that are often much more connected to everyday life than Western philosophy, should not be neglected. But , paradoxically, today what seems more questionable is the notion of individual natural experience, because it is very often subjugated by mass communication.