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Public Lecture by Dr. Don Beith, Candidate for a Tenure-Track position in Philosophy -SJ

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Posted on Mar 21, 2018

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UNB Saint John's Department of Humanities & Languages invites everyone to a public lecture by Dr. Don Beith (candidate for a Tenure-Track position in Philosophy) entitled, “Merleau-Ponty’s Embodied, Expressive Phenomenology:  The New Ontology and Ethics of Institution” on Friday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m. in Hazen Hall, 126.


Phenomenology is not only an investigation of human consciousness, but also of different structures of sense in their becoming.  By drawing on Merleau-Ponty’s 1954-5 lectures on Institution, I develop the resources to explain how consciousness is not a meaning-constituting activity but rather a passive synthesis that emerges through expressive and bodily developments, or what Merleau-Ponty terms institutions of sense. I will explore the temporal dynamics of institution at three different, but successively interrelated levels: in biology, the evolving emergence of living sensitivity; in psychology, the self-articulation of individuality through habituation and expression; and in sociology, the interbodily and symbolic social institutions of culture and privilege. I conclude by exploring some metaphysical and ethical implications of this new concept of institution.

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