[SydPhil] CAVE/Philosophy Seminar: Katsunori Miyahara (Rikkyo), Tuesday 8 March, 13:00.

Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics arts.cave at mq.edu.au
Wed Mar 2 13:51:25 AEDT 2016

Hi all,

You are all invited to a seminar by CAVE Visitor, Katsunori Miyahara (Rikkyo), jointly hosted by the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics and the Macquarie University Philosophy Department.

Date: Tuesday 8 March
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: W3A 501 (Blackshield Room), Macquarie campus

"How the skin makes me me: A phenomenological analysis of itch experience"

ABSTRACT: How do sense experiences shape our conscious experience? The common view in both philosophy and the natural sciences of the mind has it that sense experiences are something given to the experiencing self. The aim of this talk is to outline an alternative to this view based on phenomenological analyses of two types of skin sense: itch and pain. In line with the common view, in the medical science, itch is typically defined as an uneasy sensation that causes in us the desire to scratch. By developing a preliminary phenomenological analysis of itch experience based on my own experience of Atopic Dermatitis, and in comparison to existing analyses on pain experience, I describe how itch experience involves a dynamical structure responsible for the maintenance and breakdown of the embodied self, rather than just being a sense experience given to a prefixed self.

BIO: Katsunori Miyahara is a JSPS Research Fellow at Rikkyo University, Tokyo. He received his PhD from the University of Tokyo for his thesis, Phenomenology of Enaction, which explored enactive perception from a phenomenological perspective. He has several publications, including the article, "Seeing other agents: Passive experience for seeing the other body as the other's body," which won the Phenomenological  Association of Japan Article Prize (2015).

All are welcome, no registration is required.


Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
CAVE website: mq.edu.au/cave<http://cave.mq.edu.au>

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