Publications of Denis Seron
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Seron, Denis ULiege

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (in press)

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See detailLes Prolégomènes à la logique pure
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Fournier, Jean-Baptiste; Pradelle, Dominique (Eds.) Les Recherches logiques de Husserl (in press)

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See detailOn Reinach's realism
Seron, Denis ULiege

in New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy (in press)

It is commonly assumed that Adolf Reinach (although he never applied the word to himself in his published work) was a full-fledged realist. The aim of this paper is to clarify in what sense Reinach can be ... [more ▼]

It is commonly assumed that Adolf Reinach (although he never applied the word to himself in his published work) was a full-fledged realist. The aim of this paper is to clarify in what sense Reinach can be called a “realist.” I identify two distinct realisms in Reinach. First, Reinach advocates a metaphysical realism. He defines logic as an ontology of mind-independent states of affaires and seeks to build up a Meinong-style theory of object based on a non-Husserlian understanding of Husserl’s intuition of essences. Second, Reinach also defends an epistemological realism according to which the burden of proof weights not on the realist, but on the idealist: “We have the right to believe in the outside world.” [less ▲]

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See detailBibliographie de Robert Brisart
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Pradelle, Dominique; Renaudie, Pierre-Jean (Eds.) Intentionnalité, sens, anti-psychologisme: Hommage à Robert Brisart (in press)

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See detailLe donné et les normes
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Pradelle, Dominique; Renaudie, Pierre-Jean (Eds.) Intentionnalité, sens, anti-psychologisme: Hommage à Robert Brisart (in press)

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See detailBrentano and the ideality of time
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Revista de Filosofia Moderna e Contemporânea (in press), 9(2),

How is it possible to have present memory experiences of things that, being past, are no longer presently experienced? A possible answer to this long-standing philosophical question is what I call the ... [more ▼]

How is it possible to have present memory experiences of things that, being past, are no longer presently experienced? A possible answer to this long-standing philosophical question is what I call the “ideality of time view,” namely the view that temporal succession is unreal. In this paper I outline the basic idea behind Brentano’s version of the ideality of time view. Additionally, I contrast it with Hume’s version, suggesting that, despite significant differences, it can nonetheless be construed as broadly Humean. [less ▲]

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See detailCarnap contre Brentano sur l'intentionnalité
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Pradelle, Dominique; Fournier, Jean-Baptiste; Farges, Julien (Eds.) Édifier un monde: la notion d'Aufbau, entre construction logique et constitution phénoménologique (in press)

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See detailDécrire n’est pas tout: Kurt Lewin sur l’émotion
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Philosophie (2022), 152

La présente contribution discute quelques aspects de la psychologie affective de Lewin et de ses continuateurs. La thèse centrale sous-jacente à celle-ci se ramène à la formule suivante, due à Koffka : « ... [more ▼]

La présente contribution discute quelques aspects de la psychologie affective de Lewin et de ses continuateurs. La thèse centrale sous-jacente à celle-ci se ramène à la formule suivante, due à Koffka : « Le problème de l’émotion n’est pas un problème de classification et d’analyse introspective, mais un problème de dynamique et d’analyse fonctionnelle . » Le but de cet article est de clarifier et de discuter le sens de cette thèse. [less ▲]

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See detailBrentano and Hume on time
Seron, Denis ULiege

Conference (2021, April 23)

My talk is about Brentano's presentism. Brentano's presentism is sometimes regarded as a radical, counterintuitive, and very original view. I would like to challenge that interpretation by providing an ... [more ▼]

My talk is about Brentano's presentism. Brentano's presentism is sometimes regarded as a radical, counterintuitive, and very original view. I would like to challenge that interpretation by providing an alternative reading. In my estimation, Brentano's presentism is just a variant of a widespread view about time, upheld by David Hume and many of his followers, including Kant - a view that I shall call the "ideality of time view." I will first explain what I think should be meant by "presentism." Secondly I will contrast Brentano's with Hume's versions of presentism. And finally I will suggest that the former, despite significant differences, can nonetheless be construed as basically Humean. [less ▲]

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Seron, Denis ULiege

Conference (2021, April 19)

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See detailFranz Brentano's critique of free will
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Keiling, Tobias; Erhard, Christopher (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Agency (2021)

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See detailPsychology first!
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Antonelli, Mauro; Binder, Thomas (Eds.) The Philosophy of Brentano. Contributions from the Second International Conference Graz 1977 & 2017. In memory of Rudolf Haller (2021)

Brentano as well as many of his followers — with notable exceptions, especially Husserl — assigned to psychology a foundational role in the edifice of science, including philosophy. My suggestion in the ... [more ▼]

Brentano as well as many of his followers — with notable exceptions, especially Husserl — assigned to psychology a foundational role in the edifice of science, including philosophy. My suggestion in the present paper is that this view is a consequence of Brentano’s theory of intentionality. Brentano’s thesis of the intentionality of the mental, I argue, first and foremost expresses a strong epistemological position about what knowledge in general is: all knowledge, whether inner or outer, has its source in “inner perception” and hence has somehow to do with psychology. Given this, I discuss Brentano’s accounts of a priori knowledge and of the distinction between psychology and physics — which are certainly among the most original and fruitful aspects of his epistemology and his philosophy as a whole. [less ▲]

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See detailBrentano and Mauthner on grammatical illusions
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Dewalque, Arnaud; Gauvry, Charlotte; Richard, Sébastien (Eds.) Philosophy of Language in the Brentano School: Reassessing the Brentanian Legacy (2021)

This paper aims to suggest that Brentano’s theory of intentionality, at least in its later formulation, is not only about mind and also belongs to a tradition of deconstructing language that includes ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to suggest that Brentano’s theory of intentionality, at least in its later formulation, is not only about mind and also belongs to a tradition of deconstructing language that includes prominent figures of Austrian and German philosophy such as Mach, Vaihinger, and Wittgenstein. In order to establish this, the author explores some differences and similarities between this theory and Fritz Mauthner’s critique of language. He argues that the very starting point of both is one and the same fact: the failure of existential generalization. [less ▲]

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See detailExperiencing the a priori
Seron, Denis ULiege

in European Journal of Philosophy (2021)

Brentano clearly asserts, in his Vienna lectures of 1887-8, that his descriptive psychology is an a priori or ‘exact’ science. Since he rejects Kant’s idea of a synthetic a priori, this means that the ... [more ▼]

Brentano clearly asserts, in his Vienna lectures of 1887-8, that his descriptive psychology is an a priori or ‘exact’ science. Since he rejects Kant’s idea of a synthetic a priori, this means that the descriptive psychologist’s laws are analytic. My aim in this paper is to clarify and discuss this view. I examine Brentano’s epistemology in the Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint and then its later developments. I conclude with a difficulty inherent in Brentano’s psychological approach to a priori knowledge. [less ▲]

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See detailLe temps (notes de cours)
Seron, Denis ULiege

Learning material (2021)

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See detailHorwicz comme recenseur
Brentano, Franz; Seron, Denis ULiege

in Brentano, Franz; Fisette, Denis; Fréchette, Guillaume (Eds.) Essais et conférences, vol. 2 (2021)

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See detailLanguage and intentionality [Canceled due to Covid-19 pandemic]
Seron, Denis ULiege

Conference (2020, June 04)

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See detailBrentano, Hamilton, and Mill on relations [Canceled due to Covid-19 pandemic]
Seron, Denis ULiege

Conference (2020, April 23)

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See detailHusserl’s essentialism from an empirical standpoint [Canceled due to Covid-19 pandemic]
Seron, Denis ULiege

Conference (2020, March 25)

Der Ideationsbegriff in den Logischen Untersuchungen sowohl als Husserls späterer Essentialismus werden hier diskutiert im Lichte alternativer Positionen, insbesondere Brentanos Intentionalitätstheorie ... [more ▼]

Der Ideationsbegriff in den Logischen Untersuchungen sowohl als Husserls späterer Essentialismus werden hier diskutiert im Lichte alternativer Positionen, insbesondere Brentanos Intentionalitätstheorie und der empiristischen "Sprachkritik" bei Philosophen wie Mach, Mauthner und Carnap. [less ▲]

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See detailBrentano et Husserl sur les valeurs
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Azimuth : Philosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age (2020), 8(15), 29-42

The aim of this paper is to provide a comparison between Husserl and Brentano on the issue of ethical values. The paper details the Brentanian background of Husserl’s views and then discusses what seems ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to provide a comparison between Husserl and Brentano on the issue of ethical values. The paper details the Brentanian background of Husserl’s views and then discusses what seems to be the most fundamental difference between the two authors. The underlying idea is twofold. First, Husserl defends a value realism in direct opposition to Brentano’s ethical objectivism. Second, the key for understanding Husserl’s conception of values can be found in the Logical Investigations. To some extent, this conception may be viewed as a translation in axiological terms of the Prolegomena’s argument for logical idealism. [less ▲]

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