International conference Phenomenology and Aesthetics is the third conference in a series of conferences Traditions and Perspectives of the Phenomenological Movement in Central and Eastern Europe. The first conference Horizons Beyond Borders took place in Budapest, 2015. The second conference Phenomenology and Practice was held in Gdansk, 2016.
The aim of the series is to promote and foster international networking and cooperation of phenomenologists in Central and Eastern Europe, to deepen and communicate knowledge and understanding about the phenomenological movement and its development in the area, as well as to discuss the current trends and future perspectives of phenomenology in these parts of Europe (click here for more information about the series).
The aim of the conference Phenomenology and Aesthetics is to both explore historical perspectives on the aesthetic found in the phenomenological tradition in Central and Eastern Europe (in the works of well-known and lesser known phenomenologists) and to develop and evaluate new perspectives. The conference aspires to bring together various topics and authors, important for phenomenological aesthetics and, at the same time, it aspires to illuminate the scope and limits of the phenomenological movement in Central and Eastern Europe, both in the light of its legacy and its future.
Despite its focus on logic, theory of knowledge and ontology, phenomenology has always been closely associated with aesthetics and the arts. It should be noted however that in phenomenology aesthetics has never been understood just as the traditional theory of beauty and arts. Already from its beginnings, phenomenological aesthetics incorporates also the field of sensuous experience, namely, the sphere of aisthēsis, engaging not only with the experience of arts, but also with hyletic data, corporeality, affectivity, perception, visibility and so on. Although Husserl’s phenomenology is not usually associated with its focus on aesthetics, in his works he addresses questions of sensuous data, perception, imagination, phantasy and image-consciousness. The aesthetic topics are present in the early phenomenology, most notably, but not exclusively, in the works of members of the Munich and Göttingen circles, and are continually elaborated throughout the development of the phenomenological movement up to the contemporary phenomenology (by Moritz Geiger, Theodor Conrad, Johannes Daubert, Gustav Shpet, Nicolai Hartmann, Roman Ingarden, Fritz Kaufmann, France Veber, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Mikel Dufrenne, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michel Henry, Henry Maldiney, Marc Richir and Jean-Luc Marion among others).