Overview of Announcements
Departemental Library takes up emergency service
Due to the current situation, the departemental library will remain closed until further notice, with the exception of an emergency service on Wednesday, from 10:00-14:00. During this time books can be returned. Please note: In any case until 03.05.2020 no fees will be charged!
Borrowing is only possible in urgent cases. In such cases please inform the library team in advance by e-mail (email@example.com) which book or books you need. You will be informed when you can pick up the books.
In the library, please wear breathing protection and keep your distance as much as possible!
Emergency Service for Departement Library is intended
Due to the current situation the departemental library remains closed for the time being. In any case, no fees will be charged until 03.05.2020. We will do our best to resume at least an emergency service as soon as possible and will inform you about the current situation at this point!
The Teaching of the Teaching and Research Unit will start on March 07, 2020
All courses of Professor Dr. Maria E. Reicher-Marek and Nicolas Kleinschmidt, M.A., M.A., will start in the first week of the summer semester. More information and learning materials you find on RWTHmoodle.
Application Deadlines for the summer semester remain unchanged
Although the start of the lecture period has been postponed to April 20, 2020 the application deadlines for seminars and lectures remain unchanged. The application deadline for seminars ends on March 29, 2020, the application deadline for lectures on April 21, 2020. All dates are given without gurantee.
Departmental Library Closed
Due to the current situation the institute library will remain closed. Also the planned emergency service can no longer be offered. This applies initially until April 19, 2020, until which time no reminders or charges will be made.
The Research and Teaching Unit´s Secretariat Is Closed
The Secretariat of the research and teaching unit Philosophy of the Cultural World is closed until further notice. For urgent matters please send us an e-mail! As soon as the situation changes, we will inform you here.
Opening Hours of the Departmental Library Changed
Due to the current situation the departemental library will remain closed until further notice, with exeption of an emergency service on Friday from 1pm to 3pm. In this time books can be returned. Lending is possible only in urgent cases. In such cases please send an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) which book(s) you need. You will then be informed when you can pick up the book(s).
Office hours during the semester break
The consultation hours during the semester break are set.
The consultation hour of Professor Dr. Maria E. Reicher-Marek will take place on 04. and 05.02. as well as on 05. and 06.03.2020 in the time from 5 to 6 pm. If required, it is possible to make a seperate appointment via e-mail.
For consulting Nicolas Kleinschmidt, M.A., M.A., please make an appointment via e-mail.
The Research and Teaching Unit Philosophy of the Cultural World is on christmas holidays from December 23., 2019 to January 6., 2020. We hope for your understanding and wish you happy holidays!
“Autorschaft, Absichten und das offene Werk”
Maria E. Reicher-Marek
On 12 December 2019 Professor Maria E. Reicher-Marek will give a lecture at the Philosophical Colloquium of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The title of her lecture is “Autorschaft, Absichten und das offene Werk” (“Authorship, Intentions and the Open Work"). The Philosophical Colloquium will take place in Building S06, Entrance S00, Room A26 at 18:00 c.t.
“Non-Sensory Beauty and Meaning Qualia”
Maria E. Reicher-Marek
The article “Non-Sensory Beauty and Meaning Qualia” by Maria E. Reicher-Marek has been published in in „Beauty. New Essays in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art“, herausgegeben von Wolfgang Huemer and Ingrid V. Ferran.
Abstract. The central claims of this paper are the following: 1. Beauty is an irreducible aesthetic property. 2. Aesthetic properties are dispositional properties which supervene upon more basic properties. 3. There are qualia, i.e., phenomenal properties of mental states in general. 4. There are meaning qualia (also known as cognitive qualia, semantic qualia, phenomenal intentional content etc., i.e., phenomenal qualities of cognitive mental states), as distinct from and not reducible to, sensory qualia. 5. Meaning qualia are the supervenience base of a particular kind of beauty, which I call “non-sensory” beauty. 6. Non-sensory beauty is a distinctive aesthetic property, in particular a property of narrative and representative works of art.
„Routley’s Theory of Fictions“
Maria E. Reicher-Marek
The article "Routley's Theory of Fictions" by Maria E. Reicher-Marek has been published in "Noneist Explorations I. The Sylvan Jungle. Volume 2", edited by Dominic Hyde.
„Das Zeugnis anderer“
The article "Das Zeugnis anderer" by Nicola Mößner has been published in the “Handbuch Erkenntnistheorie”, edited by Martin Grajner and Guido Melchior.
“Werk und Autorschaft. Eine Ontologie der Kunst”
Maria E. Reicher-Marek
The new book "Werk und Autorschaft. Eine Ontologie der Kunst" by Maria E. Reicher-Marek has been published by Brill as part of the series KunstPhilosophie.
Abstract. In this book, a general type ontology of works is defended and developed in detail. A wide concept of “work” is used here, such that “work” roughly corresponds to “artefact”. Though the focus is on works of art, the theory is meant to be applicable, in principle, to works of science and technology and to everyday items of all sorts as well. Among others, the following questions are discussed: To what ontological category or categories do works belong? Is there a principled ontological divide between linguistic and musical works, on the one hand, and works of the visual arts on the other? What is the relationship between works and such diverse things as performances, manuscripts, scores, blueprints, stagings, film screenings, printing plates, data carriers, and others? What is the relationship between works and interpretations? In what way do works come into existence? Can works, once they are finished, be changed and/or cease to exist, and if so, under what conditions? Which sorts of parts can be distinguished within a work? Is the context of origin constitutive of a work’s identity? Can a translation be identical with the original linguistic work? Who is the author of a computer-generated work? The central thesis is that works of all kinds are abstract artefacts, i. e., types that are instantiated in concrete particulars, that is, in material or mental objects and events. The relationship between works and their “realizations” is defined by means of a modes of predication distinction, as it is used in a variety of Meinongian logics. An extensive chapter is dedicated to the relation between “representing works” and their represented worlds, with a focus on fictitious worlds and their objects. The latter are modeled as parts of fictional works.