Experts get philosophical discussing the problem of human consciousness

December 3, 2014

National and international experts will descend on Murdoch University for the fifth meeting of the Organisation of Phenomenological Organisations (OPO 5) from December 8 to 12.

Phenomenology is a philosophy movement that was founded in the early 1900s by Edmund Husserl.   It is about the systematic reflection on and study of the structures of consciousness and the phenomena that appear in acts of consciousness.

Phenomenology has been at the forefront of research into consciousness, embodiment, the emotions, relations with others and in stimulating discussions about the meaning of human existence.

OPO 5 will focus on the problem of meaning and its relation to human life and history.

Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor and Professor of Philosophy at the University College Dublin Professor Dermot Moran, said phenomenology has a long history of promoting the understanding of the human condition and the specific manner in which humans inhabit the world.

“The problem is that human beings are meaning-creators and interpreters and endow the world with meaning and culture,” Professor Moran said.

Keynote speakers at the conference include Professor Chan-fai Cheung from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Burt Hopkins, Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University, Professor Dermot Moran, Professor of Philosophy Jack Reynolds from Deakin University and Emeritus Professor Horst Ruthrof from Murdoch University.

The OPO was established in November 2002 and is comprised of archives, centres, societies, working groups and the like dedicated to phenomenology.  The organisation fosters communication and cooperation among phenomenologist around the globe.

For more information on OPO 5 visit the website. Registrations are essential.

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