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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 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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See detailIntentionality and the language of appearance
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Novotný, Karel; Nielsen, Cathrin (Eds.) Die Welt und das Reale. The World and the Real. Le monde et le réel (2020)

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See detailConsciousness and representation
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Fisette, Denis; Fréchette, Guillaume; Janoušek, Hynek (Eds.) Franz Brentano's Philosophy after One Hundred Years - From History of Philosophy to Reism (2020)

In this chapter, the author raises new objections to the self-representational reading of Brentano. This reading, he argues, is untenable simply because Brentano regards a representational perception as ... [more ▼]

In this chapter, the author raises new objections to the self-representational reading of Brentano. This reading, he argues, is untenable simply because Brentano regards a representational perception as conceptually impossible. He then provides a new construal of Brentano’s theory of intentionality, based on a phenomenological approach to intentionality and consciousness. In his view, the main purpose of Brentano’s theory of intentionality is to account for mental acts that are not (inner) perceptions, that is, for acts in which something appears without existing. [less ▲]

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See detailA phenomenological argument for realism
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Analecta Hermeneutica: International Institute for Hermeneutics (2020), 12

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See detailBibliographie de Robert Brisart (1953-2015)
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2019), 15(9), 1-5

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See detailColor Geometry - Or Color Grammar?
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Dewalque, Arnaud; Raspa, Venanzio (Eds.) Psychological Themes in the School of Alexius Meinong (2019)

This article discusses some difficulties of the theory of color propounded by Meinong in his Re-marks on the Color Solid and the Mixture Law of 1903. First, I argue that Meinong’s geometrical approach ... [more ▼]

This article discusses some difficulties of the theory of color propounded by Meinong in his Re-marks on the Color Solid and the Mixture Law of 1903. First, I argue that Meinong’s geometrical approach faces at least three sets of difficulties related to the following assumptions: colors pos-sess a “nature” that can be grasped through intuition; they are separated from each other by continua in color space; there are an infinite number of a priori relations between colors. Second, I confront the geometrical approach with Wittgenstein’s grammatical approach, contending that the latter escapes these difficulties. [less ▲]

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See detailFondation phénoménologique et analyse conceptuelle
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Pradelle, Dominique; Farges, Julien (Eds.) Husserl: Phénoménologie et fondements des sciences (2019)

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See detailRecension de: E. Husserl, Idées directrices pour une phénoménologie pure et une philosophie phénoménologique (trad. fr. J.-F. Lavigne, Paris, 2018)
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Etranger (2019), 144(1), 104-105

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See detailIntentionality vs. psychophysical identity
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Stadler, Friedrich (Ed.) Ernst Mach - Life, Work, Influence (2019)

Brentano’s empiricism displays striking similarities with Mach’s phenomenalism. Both authors hold physical reality to be a “fiction” and reject the traditional view of truth and existence. In this paper ... [more ▼]

Brentano’s empiricism displays striking similarities with Mach’s phenomenalism. Both authors hold physical reality to be a “fiction” and reject the traditional view of truth and existence. In this paper, I seek to clarify some aspects of the debate opposing Mach to Brentano and the Brentanians, with a special focus on the theory of intentionality. First, I link this debate to an earlier one and argue that it was already old in 1874 when the Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint was published. Secondly, I construe Brentano’s intentionalism as an alternative to the psychophysical identity thesis as defended by (among others) Ernst Mach. Finally, I point out some of its advantages over the psychophysical identity thesis. [less ▲]

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See detailTextes posthumes I : Cours sur l’intentionnalité
Brisart, Robert; Seron, Denis ULiege

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2019), 15(3), 1-34

Le texte qui suit est un cours sur l’intentionnalité, encore inédit, que Robert Brisart a rédigé et présenté à l’Université Saint-Louis à Bruxelles quelques mois avant sa mort. Il s’y livre à une ... [more ▼]

Le texte qui suit est un cours sur l’intentionnalité, encore inédit, que Robert Brisart a rédigé et présenté à l’Université Saint-Louis à Bruxelles quelques mois avant sa mort. Il s’y livre à une discussion fine et nuancée de la théorie du noème de Husserl et spécialement de ses lectures fregéennes. Se réclamant des Idées I, il propose en conclusion une via media entre psychologisme logique et réalisme sémantique : les significations sont bien « dans la tête », mais non pas à la manière d’entités privées, incommunicables, produites par l’esprit, plutôt comme des Gedanken sémantiquement structurées qui constituent, comme telles, un « langage universel de la pensée ». Cette variété de « mentalisme sémantique » ouvre la voie à un constructivisme qui n’a pas les défauts du psychologisme logique. [less ▲]

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See detailTextes posthumes III : La contribution de Husserl à la « no ready-made theory »
Brisart, Robert; Seron, Denis ULiege

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2019), 15(5), 1-29

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See detailTextes posthumes II: Philosophie continentale, de Nietzsche à Heidegger
Brisart, Robert; Seron, Denis ULiege

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2019), 15(4),

Le présent numéro reprend le texte de leçons sur la philosophie continentale que Robert Brisart (1953-2015) a présentées à l’Université du Luxembourg. L’enjeu de ces leçons est de montrer que les œuvres ... [more ▼]

Le présent numéro reprend le texte de leçons sur la philosophie continentale que Robert Brisart (1953-2015) a présentées à l’Université du Luxembourg. L’enjeu de ces leçons est de montrer que les œuvres de Nietzsche et (comme l’a suggéré Rorty) du second Heidegger participent du même « tournant linguistique » de la philosophie contemporaine dont témoignent celles de Dewey, Wittgenstein, Quine, etc. [less ▲]

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See detailTextes posthumes IV: Sur la théorie de l'objet: Natorp versus Husserl
Brisart, Robert; Seron, Denis ULiege

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2019), 15(6), 1-26

Partant de la critique natorpienne de Husserl, l’auteur explique en quel sens les Recherches logiques ont amorcé un démantèlement du « mythe de l’objet ou du donné », que Husserl cependant, en raison de ... [more ▼]

Partant de la critique natorpienne de Husserl, l’auteur explique en quel sens les Recherches logiques ont amorcé un démantèlement du « mythe de l’objet ou du donné », que Husserl cependant, en raison de son correspondantisme, n’a pas su mener à son terme avant la Krisis, où, se rapprochant étonnamment des idées de Natorp, il finit par reconnaître que « l’objectivité à laquelle prétendent les prestations de la science continuent de porter la marque du “subjectif-relatif”, puisque toutes les productions scientifiques se rattachent ultimement à l’activité concrète de l’homme dans son monde ». [less ▲]

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See detailTextes posthumes VI: Leçon sur Sartre et Husserl
Brisart, Robert; Seron, Denis ULiege

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2019), 15(8), 1-10

Issu d’une audition faite à Liège en mai 2009, ce texte analyse le texte de Sartre, « Une idée fondamentale de la phéno­ménologie de Husserl : l’intentionnalité ». D’abord, Brisart y approuve ... [more ▼]

Issu d’une audition faite à Liège en mai 2009, ce texte analyse le texte de Sartre, « Une idée fondamentale de la phéno­ménologie de Husserl : l’intentionnalité ». D’abord, Brisart y approuve l’interprétation de Sartre sui­vant laquelle l’intentionnalité de Husserl marque, à l’encontre d’un certain mythe de l’intériorité, une profession de foi réaliste « dans sa version externaliste la plus forte ». Ensuite, il dénonce chez l’un et l’autre un mythe plus profond, constitutif du réalisme philosophique, qu’il dénomme le mythe de l’objet. [less ▲]

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See detailTextes posthumes V: À propos de l'argument de la Terre-jumelle
Brisart, Robert; Seron, Denis ULiege

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2019), 15(7), 1-3

Dans ce texte de 2011, Brisart discute un aspect central de l’argument de la Terre jumelle de Putnam, à savoir la conception indexicale (en termes de désignateurs rigides) des noms d’espèces naturelles de ... [more ▼]

Dans ce texte de 2011, Brisart discute un aspect central de l’argument de la Terre jumelle de Putnam, à savoir la conception indexicale (en termes de désignateurs rigides) des noms d’espèces naturelles de substances comme « eau ». [less ▲]

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See detailRéduction et subjectivation chez Theodor Celms
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Meta: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Practical Philosophy (2018), 10(2),

The work of the Latvian phenomenologist Theodor Celms provides an interesting attempt to reinterpret Husserl’s phenomenological reduction in terms of Natorp’s subjectivation. This paper summarizes in ... [more ▼]

The work of the Latvian phenomenologist Theodor Celms provides an interesting attempt to reinterpret Husserl’s phenomenological reduction in terms of Natorp’s subjectivation. This paper summarizes in broad outline some salient features of Celms’ theory of subjectivation and discusses some of its similarities and differences with Husserl’s and Natorp’s views. I focus on two more central points. First, Celms proposes to interpret Husserlian reduction as radicalizing or generalizing an operation of thought that is pervasive throughout all forms of cognition. Secondly, he makes a distinction between epistemological and ontological subjectivation that leads him to adopt a critical stance toward both Husserl’s transcendental idealism and Natorp’s general psychology. [less ▲]

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