The Phenomenology of Perceptio

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Phenomenology of Perception

Spring 2022

Taught By: Christian Madsbjerg

Section: A

CRN: 12014

Credits: 3

While we have been living in digital worlds in the past years, we might have forgotten that we have bodies. Perhaps we need to remember that our bodies understand our world in a way our minds might not. Our hands genuinely know and remember things that words or programming code can’t express, let alone understand. The philosopher that most powerfully explores how we humans aren’t brains in a vat is the Frenchman Maurice Merleau-Ponty. In this class, we will read his seminal book “Phenomenology of Perception” together. In the book, he wants to show us that the “intellectualist” idea that we are first and foremost thinking things - that we live in our heads - isn’t accurate. He explores what seeing and perceiving the world is and shows us a true philosophy of the body. This is a philosophy class for students that use their bodies to perform, play, design and sing. The seminar centres around the careful reading of one single philosophical book, but for people who don’t just live in their heads. Instructor Christian Madsbjerg helped build a global strategy firm, ReD Associates, with some of the world’s largest and most admired companies.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:22am 11/28/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/26/2022 - 5/11/2022