First annual contemplative pedagogy lecture

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Wednesday 1 May 2019

6pm  light refreshments

6.30pm  lecture

7.30pm  approximate end time

The Chapel, King Alfred Quarter, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR


Phenomenology and Meditation

Listen to Michel as he compares phenomenology and meditation from the standpoint of their method : epochè or nirodha, the ‘“suspension of judgment’”.

Michel will start with a review of the contemplative features of phenomenology and then assess the differences between the two ways of inducing a mutation of lived experience.

Phenomenology implies a radically participatory stance that bears existential similarities with meditation. Hence, for a phenomenologist, meditation is no (inner or outer) object of study, but rather a variety of its own methodological pre-condition. Phenomenology does not pretend to elucidate the alleged mechanisms of action of meditation, nor to locate it on a map of cultural practices. Phenomenology rather purports to induce a cross-fertilization between the states reached during meditation and its own state of suspension of judgment or ‘“epochè’”. It can then take advantage of this similarity of situation to describe the lived quality of being meditating from the midst of it. 


Michel Bitbol is a French researcher in the Philosophy of Science. He is Research Director at French National Centre for Scientific research (CNRS), previously part of the Centre for Research into Applied Epistemology at the École Polytechnique. He is now a member of Archives Husserl, École Normale Superieure.


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