Dr. Abootaleb Safdari
Office hours: I am particularly keen to hear new ideas and share my thoughts so do not hesitate to email me and probably arrange an appointment (asafdariATuni-bremen.de)
Philosophy of Embodied Perception / Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Technology (AI, HCI)
The main research areas on which I have been focused in the last four years are philosophy of perception and philosophy of technology. The primary method I have employed in both of these research lines is phenomenology. Therefore on the one hand in philosophy of perception, I am interested in embodied / enactive approach that finds its roots in Husserl, Heidegger, and especially Maurice Merleau-Ponty. More specifically I have been focused on embodied social cognition and I have tried to defend phenomenological / embodied solutions for the problem of other minds against inferential approaches e.g. simulation theory and theory theory. On the other hand, I have worked on the phenomenological approach to the philosophy of technology and more specifically postphenomenology. I have tried to integrate these two lines in a systemic manner. It has resulted in a paper that you may find at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11097-020-09715-w.
Now as a member of the project `Humans on Mars' I am going to apply all the aforementioned knowledge to understand the mediatory role of technology in astronauts’ perception / experience. I will further extend the neurophenomenological method to understand/extract/describe their first-person experience / perspective and then (probably) put that description into service to re-design the artifacts that will be used in the project.