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Philosophy is the perceptual faith questioning itself about itself. One can say of it, as of every faith, that it is a faith because it is the possibility of doubt, and this indefatigable ranging over the things, which is our life, is also a continuous interrogation.

-The Visible and the Invisible



Keynote Speakers

Richard Kearney

Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College

Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and has served as a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and the University of Nice. He is the author of over 20 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited 14 more. He was formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin. As a public intellectual in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995).

Recent publications include a trilogy entitled 'Philosophy at the Limit'. The three volumes are On Stories (Routledge, 2002), The God Who May Be (Indiana UP, 2001) and Strangers, Gods, and Monsters (Routledge, 2003). Since then, Richard Kearney has published Debates in Continental Philosophy (Fordham, 2004), The Owl of Minerva (Ashgate, 2005), Navigations (Syracuse University Press, 2007) and Anatheism (Columbia, 2009). (Webpage)

 

Emmanuel de Saint Aubert

École Normale Supérieure/Archives Husserl de Paris

Emmanuel de Saint Aubert, ancien élève de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, agrégé de philosophie et de mathématiques, est chercheur aux Archives Husserl de Paris (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Ecole Normale Supérieure). Il est également formateur auprès des professionels de l’enfance et de l’adolescence en difficulté. Ses recherches portent plus particulièrement sur l’œuvre de Merleau-Ponty, relue à la lumière d’une connaissance d’ensemble de ses nombreux inédits. Il achève actuellement un ouvrage sur l’influence de la neurologie, de la psychologie du développement et la psychanalyse dans l’élaboration du concept de chair chez Merleau-Ponty. Il a publié notamment : Du lien des êtres aux éléments de l’être. Merleau-Ponty au tournant des années 1945-1951 (Vrin, 2004) ; Le scénario cartésien. Recherches sur la formation et la cohérence de l’intention philosophique de Merleau-Ponty (Vrin, 2005) ; Vers une ontologie indirecte. Sources et enjeux critiques de l’appel à l’ontologie chez Merleau-Ponty (Vrin, 2006). (Webpage)

Emmanuel de Saint Aubert, former student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, professor of philosophy and mathematics, is researcher at the Husserl Archives in Paris (National Center for Scientific Research, Ecole Normale Supérieure).  He also educates professionals in the areas of troubled childhood and adolescence.  His research bears most particularly on the work of Merleau-Ponty, re-reading him through the lens of an overall knowledge of numerous unpublished writings.  Currently, Saint Aubert is completing a work on the influence of neurology, developmental psychology, and psychoanalysis on the elaboration of Merleau-Ponty’s concept of Flesh.  He has published most notably: Du lien des êtres aux éléments de l’être. Merleau-Ponty au tournant des années 1945-1951  (Vrin, 2004) ; Le scénario cartésien. Recherches sur la formation et la cohérence de l’intention philosophique de Merleau-Ponty (Vrin, 2005); Vers une ontologie indirecte. Sources et enjeux critiques de l’appel à l’ontologie chez Merleau-Ponty (Vrin, 2006).  Since these works have not yet been translated into English or the English translation is underway, we offer an approximate English translation of these titles in order of publication:  From Bonds with Beings to Elements of Being: Merleau-Ponty in the Years of Turning, 1945-1951; The Cartesian Setting: Research on the Formation and Coherence of Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophic Intention; and, Toward an Indirect Ontology: Sources and Critical Stakes of the Call to Ontology for Merleau-Ponty. (Webpage)

English translation by Galen A. Johnson.

 

Conference Director: Dr. Susan O'Shaughnessy
Local Organizing Committee: Dr. George Connell, Dr. Richard Gilmore, Dr. Gregg Mullenberg, Dr. Bryan Luther

Official International Merleau-Ponty Circle Website

Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty's Thought

 

 

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