Peter Herbst Seminar: Imagining Husserl, Inside and Out

Philosophers often distinguish between imagining things from the inside (or from the first person perspective) and imagining things from the outside (or from the third person perspective). In this talk I construct an understanding of this distinction based on Husserl’s later phenomenological theory of phantasy. In particular, I draw on his account of imagining other mental states, the role of the phantasy-self in imagining and his notion of phantasy self-displacements (Versetzungen). Husserl’s theory is particularly well-suited to account for the distinction in crucial respects, but also suffers from shortcomings, some of which are linked to the phenomenological approach itself.

(image: Putting yourself into somebody else's shoes in imagination)

Alma Barner is a PhD graduate student in the School of Philosophy at ANU. Her research is on theories of imagination in analytic philosophy of mind with a focus on the perspectival nature of imaginings.

Date & time

Wed 27 Nov 2013, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Lady Wilson Room Sir Roland Wilson Building, ANU

Event series


Almer Barner, School of Philosophy


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