This project has received funding from the European
Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon
2020 research and innovation programme.
Grant agreement No. 834033 AN-ICON.



Department of Philosophy, Sala Seminari

Seminar of Philosophy of Image

Zurück zu Husserl! Illusion and hallucination in Husserl’s phenomenology

Andrea Cimino KU Leuven

This presentation is a systematic attempt to map the problem of sensory illusion and hallucination in Husserl’s taxonomy of intentional lived-experience. Its purpose is to outline a complete phenomenology of illusion and hallucination by drawing a cartography of intuitive consciousness. This cartography will allow one to orient herself in understanding the general nature of these phenomena, to distinguish structurally different forms of illusory and hallucinatory experiences, and to rigorously identify the different noetic conditions for their emergence in experience. In light of the distinction between cases of illusion and hallucination, the analysis will be structured into two interconnected parts. A phenomenology of ‘nullifying semblance’ will first be carried out by identifying Husserl’s most general characterization of illusion. In contrast to many contemporary accounts, here the problem of illusion is not restricted to cases of deceptive experience but includes different modes of intuition. The second part of the presentation will reconstruct Husserl’s account of hallucination by means of the analysis of specific act-species of intuitive acts and their temporality.

Andrea Ciminois a doctoral researcher at the KU Leuven Husserl-Archives: Centre for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy (Belgium). He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Parma (Italy) and continued his studies at Boston College (USA) and at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Austria). The aim of his dissertation, titled From Logic to Europe, is to offer a unitary vision of Husserl’s project and its inner development as centered on the question of ‘ideality’ from the emergence of the problem in the Prolegomena zur reinen Logik to the significance of Europe as an ‘idea’ in Die Krisis der europäischen Wissenschaften und die transzendentale Phänomenologie. His main research interests are Phenomenology, modern and contemporary theories in Metaphysics and Epistemology, and Philosophy of Perception.