Mittwoch, 21. Juni 2017, 15:00 - 16:30 iCal
Gustav Theodor Fechner in the Threshold, on a Walk
Hörsaal 3E im Neuen Institutsgebäude (NIG)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien
The research of the Leipzig savant Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801–1887) spanned the gamut from electricity and magnetism through various theories of measurement to the souls of plants and was a direct forerunner to a number of the twentieth century's most prominent sciences of mind, including laboratory psychology, psychoanalysis, and logical empiricism. This presentation situates Fechner at the head of a of loose movement in the nineteenth-century sciences of mind and body that employed conceptual tools to interrogate their interaction. For Fechner, the key concept was "the threshold," which allowed him to at once deepen his experimental research in perception and connect it to his panpsychic philosophy. The concept was further embedded in his daily practice of walking, which served alternately mental and physical ends and thus crossed the mind-body threshold itself.
Joshua Bauchner is a PhD candidate at Princeton University (USA) and a visiting fellow of the DK program "The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts" at the University of Vienna.
Mag. Mag. Mag. Ramon Pils, DipTrans
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Erstellt am Montag, 19. Juni 2017, 12:07
Letzte Änderung am Dienstag, 20. Juni 2017, 09:28