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Alva Noë

Alva Noë is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of California, Berkeley (USA). During his time at Freie Universität Berlin, Alva Noë will continue research on his “Reorganizing Ourselves” project, investigating approaches shared by art and philosophy as forms of reflection. He understands both fields as practices which are key to organizing and reorganizing historicalcultural contexts, and will examine how they function as a creative means to help us scrutinize ourselves and explore possibilities for change. The philosopher bases his approach on the notion of entanglement, a concept defined by historian of science Donna Haraway. Together with his team of postgraduates at the Research Training Group (DFG) “Normativity, Critique, Change”, Professor Noë will analyze reorganizing strategies in art and philosophy through specific focal points, including different types of entanglement realized in both philosophy and the arts, with a focus on concrete practices and the value of aesthetic and philosophical reflections.

More about Alva Noë

Read Alva Noë's contribution "The Choreography of Life" on the subject of the transformative power of art in our series "Elephants & Butterflies - Science in an nutshell".