©2018 by Donata Schoeller

Research Areas 

Embodied Critical Thinking (ECT)

Reconsidering critical thinking in embodied terms

Embodied Critical Thinking is an international research project on an embodied approach to thinking. It has won the Rannis Grant of the Icelandic Research Fund, and is conducted in cooperation with the Philosophy Department of the University of Iceland, the Interacting Minds Centre of Aarhus University, the Micro-Phenomenology Laboratory, Paris, the Peace, Justice and Conflict Center, DePaul University cooperate.

Close Talking

“Tentative Speech Acts – Close Talking”

The focus of my Habilitation is an explicative process I call Close Talking.  While developing thoughts or ideas, or a clearer understanding of an experience or a situation, there is something very specific one is trying to get at. This entails the risk that one cannot yet make sense in the way one would like to.

Focusing, Thinking at the Edge (TAE) and Micro-Phenomenology

Exploring and thinking with experiential intricacy 

   

Focusing, TAE and Micro-Phenomenology sensitize practitioners for the intricacy of experiential backgrounds functioning in perceptions, ideas, intentions, emotions etc. In order to become aware of tacit dimensions of experience, attention can be trained, supported by open questions that turn the focus from the “what,” the content of our experience, to “how” we experience “that.” These methodologies enhance perceptivity for subtle and precise dimensions of experience that react responsively to how they are described and perceived.

Humility

Meister Eckhart, Jakob Böhme, Friedrich Nietzsche

In my Ph.D. I explored the notion of humility in medieval philosophy, in the renaissance and in modern times. I demonstrate that this notion conceives of a highly dynamic understanding of self. Humility, according to Meister Eckhart, does not mean a humble position in comparison to a superior power. Humility means to be able to internalize the fact that humans do not create their being. Humility is the manifestation of understanding that human beingness depends on the givenness of one’s being.