SAP sponsored event: Habit and Social Experience

SAP sponsored event: Habit and Social Experience

University College, Dublin
December 7, 2018 9:45 am — December 8, 2018 5:00 pm
UCD Sutherland School of Law William Fry Theatre (Room L143) Belfield Ireland

Contact Elisa Magri for more information.


The goal of this two‐day workshop is to explore the roots of the notion of habit in the phenomenological tradition by looking at its structure and development in relation to intersubjectivity. Among other questions, the conference aims to address the following topics: the relevance of habit for understanding empathy, intersubjectivity, and social dispositions, the relation between habit, temporality, and the sedimentation of experiences, as well as the relation between habit, emotions, and affective recognition. The workshop aims not only at disambiguating and improving current understanding of the role of habit in interpersonal and intergroup encounters. It will also introduce conceptual adjustments that refine and extend standard literature, bringing phenomenology into dialogue with other philosophical traditions.

With contributions by Andrea Altobrando, Lilian Alweiss, Ed Casey, Mark James, James Jardine, Elisa Magri, Timothy Mooney, Jonathan Mitchell, Felix Ó Murchadha, Meline Papazian, Danielle Petherbridge, Italo Testa, Gail Weiss.

The workshop will start on Friday 7th December from 9.45am to 6pm, continuing on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The programme will be made available in due course.

The event is generously sponsored by Irish Research Council, The Mind Association, Society for Applied Philosophy, UCD International Centre for Newman Studies, UCD School of Philosophy, and the British Society for the History of Philosophy.


09.45 Opening address
10.00 – 10.30 Lilian Alweiss (TCD), Can habit be transcendental?
10.45 – 11.15 Felix Ó Murchadha (NUI Galway), Rupture and the Temporality of Habit
12.00 – 12.30 Andrea Altobrando (CUPL, Beijing), Getting and being used to others
12.30 – 12.45 Discussion [Chair:]
2.30 – 3.00 Gail Weiss (Washington), Exercising Privilege to Combat Habits of Complicity
3.30 – 4.00 Meline Papazian (UCD), Thoughts on social understanding in interactive
4.15 – 4.45 Italo Testa (Parma, Italy), Habit, Embodiment, and Social Action
5.15 – 5.45 Edward S. Casey (Stony Brook, NY), Habit, Affect, and Emotion
10.00 – 10.30 Danielle Petherbridge (UCD), Habit, Attention, and Recognition
10.45 – 11. 15 Elisa Magri (UCD), Habit and Social Sensitivity
12.00 – 12.30 James Jardine (Jyväskylä), Social (in)visibility and affective experience
2.15 – 2.45 Timothy Mooney (UCD), On Acquired Skills and Bodily Boundaries
3.15 – 3.45 Jonathan Mitchell (UCD), The Technological Unconscious as an Unsafe Ground
for Habitual Bodily Activity
4.00 – 4.30 Mark James (UCD), Being multiply animated: enhabiting ecological entities in
embodied interaction with others
4.45 Closing