Summer School on Cognitive Phenomenology, July 8-17 2019, CEU, Hungary

Central European University (CEU)


February 14, 2019


Event Date:

July 08, 2019 - July 17, 2019

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Philosophy, Cognitive Phenomenology

The course is designed to familiarize participants with the increasingly influential, though still controversial thesis that thinking is a kind of experience, and that conceptual mental content is constituted by a proprietary, sui generis kind of non-sensory phenomenology. In addition to the familiar sensory kinds of experience – visual, auditory, olfactory, etc., there is, according to this view, a cognitive kind of phenomenology. Just as there is “something it’s like” to have visual, auditory, etc. experiences, there is something it’s like to think.  And just as differences in visual, auditory, etc. phenomenology distinguish states of those proprietary kinds one from the other, differences cognitive phenomenology distinguish thoughts one from the other.

Topics to be covered in the course include: arguments for the existence of cognitive phenomenology; skepticism about cognitive phenomenology; the significance of cognitive phenomenology; the integration of cognitive experience with sensory experience; the relation of thought experience to the experience of belief, desire, hope, etc.; the temporality of thought; the epistemic role of consciousness; the epistemic and rational roles of cognitive experience; the problem of unconscious thought; mainstream externalism about mental content; singular thought; the “Phenomenal Intentionality” research program; and the relation of current work in analytic phenomenology to traditional, Husserlian  Phenomenology.

The course will meet on 8 days. The sessions will begin with a brief summary by the instructor of the topic to be discussed, followed by Q&A/general discussion.  The bulk of each session will be devoted to the latter. Participants are expected to have read the relevant background materials provided by instructors in advance of each session. The course is open to MA and PhD students, recent graduates, lecturers, and tenure-track (and tenured) faculty. A solid background in philosophy is required.

Program Costs

·         Tuition Fee: 400 EUR (Early Bird fee: 360 EUR)

·         Accommodation in CEU Residence Center:

- In single room: 28 EUR/ night / person - including breakfast

-In shared double room: 17 EUR/ night / person - including breakfast

·         Estimated living costs: 200 - 250 EUR

Financial Aid

The course is generously funded by CEU enabling participation at a low, subsidized tuition cost. As some applicants may have difficulty paying for tuition and/or some of the other associated costs (travel and accommodation), we may be able to offer a limited number of tuition fee waivers.

Those who wish to apply for a tuition waiver should specify their reasons in the “Personal statement on financial aid” section

Faculty and Ph.D. students are advised to approach their home departments for travel grants; researchers may have research grants available which can cover their participation; and professionals may turn to their employers to fund their training at SUN. You can also consult some non-CEU funding opportunities listed in our FAQ section.


Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)

2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including list of publications, if any
Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.

3. Letter of Recommendation

4. Statement of Purpose

In the Statement of Purpose please describe how the course is relevant to your teaching, research or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from it. Please list relevant courses in the field you have taken previously during your studies. You are advised to consult the detailed course description on the course web page so that the statement of purpose is in accordance with the main objectives of the course.

5. Research proposal OR research paper in progress in English

Please upload a research proposal OR a research paper in progress in English, which you would like to develop as the outcome of the course.

For more information click ''LINK TO ORIGINAL'' below.

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December 13, 2018