International Conference: “Brentano – Comte – Mill: The Idea of Philosophy and Psychology as Science”. The conference is organized by the Institute for Philosophy Alexandru Dragomir in collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, will take place at Faculty of Philosophy of University of Bucharest between 27-28 September 2018 and is part of the research project Brentano – Comte – Mill: The Idea of Philosophy and Psychology as Science (PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0473), project manager Ion Tanasescu.

Keynote Speakers: Michel Bourdeau (CNRS, Paris), Denis Fisette (University of Quebec at Montreal), Christopher Macleod (University of Lancaster).


Day 1: Thursday, 27 September

Conference Venue: Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independenței 204)

10:00-10:15 Welcome address by Constantin Stoenescu and Ion Tănăsescu

10:15-11:15 Plenary lecture: Michel Bourdeau, Comte on psychology: the criticism of « inner observation » and the constitution of a « systematic view of the Soul »

11:15-12:15 Plenary lecture: Fisette Denis, The background of Brentano’s philosophical program and its debt to early positivism

12:15-12:30  Coffee break

12:30-13:10 Ion Tănăsescu: Brentano’s early writings and his contribution to positive philosophy

13:10-13:50 Emanuele Mariani: A Brentanian look at History. The four phases of philosophy theoretically reconsidered

13:50-14:30 Bianca Savu: Reinterpreting Comte through Brentano’s Notion of Decline. A Comparative Analysis

14:30-16:30 Lunch break

16:30-17:10 Guillaume Fréchette: Philosophy as a speculative and exact science: Brentano’s Weltanschauung

17:10-17:50 Wofgang Huemer: Brentano’s conception of science

17:50-18:05  Coffee break

18:05-18:45 Robin Rollinger: Brentano on Ontological Questions

18:45-19:25 Thomas Binder: The Franz Brentano-Institute in Oxford


Day 2: Friday, 28 September

Conference Venue: Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independenței 204)

10:00-11:00 Plenary lecture: Christopher Macleod: The Relation of Philosophy and Psychology in the Work of J.S. Mill

11:00-11:40 Constantin Stoenescu: Was Brentano in Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint a silent follower of Mill’s phenomenalism?

11:40-12:20 Cyril McDonnell: Scientific and Unscientific Methods in Empirical Psychology: Brentano’s Dispute and Critique of Comte, Mill and Maudsely’s Accounts of Inner Perception

12:20-12:35  Coffee break

12:35-13:15 Andreea Eșanu: Franz Brentano’s multifaceted view of psychological induction: from Bain and Mill’s empiricist induction to statistical inference and intuitive induction

13:15-13:55 Carlo Ierna: Brentano’s Mathematical Foundation of Science and his Critique of Comte and Mill

13:55-16:00 Lunch break

16:00-16:40 Hynek Janousek: Brentano’s Foundation of Ethics and Mill’s utilitarianism

16:40-17:20 Witold Płotka: The Controversies over Descriptive Psychology in the School of Twardowski: On the Brentanian Heritage in the Early Phenomenology in Poland

17:20-17:35  Coffee break

17:35-18:15 Alexandru Bejinariu: Considerations on Brentano’s Psychology in the light of Husserl’s Critique in Logical Investigations of the Concept of Empirical Science

18:15-18:55 Iulian Apostolescu: Husserl’s Critique of Brentanist Psychology in the Appendix to the Logical Investigations