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Danilo Saretta

Philisophy - Brazil

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Perception and attention: phenomenological investigations and ethical developments

Theoretical-conceptual research in which the aim is to investigate possible ethical developments in phenomenological descriptions of perception and attention.
Four points appear central to this study:
the phenomenological attitude as a conversion of the gaze; the social condition of perception; the dynamics of the sensitive experience anchored in bodily spontaneity; and perception conceived as openness to the perceived world, or as awe. It is intended, throughout the research, to outline, analyze and discuss each of the indicated topics.

The research subject, in addition to favoring the development of conceptual, theoretical and historical issues about the phenomenology of perception, is part of the increasingly robust field of work that questions perception and attention as major problems in the context of contemporary culture.

Activities / Resume


Danilo Verissimo is professor of history and philosophy of psychology at the São Paulo State University (UNESP).
He obtained his doctoral degree, in philosophy and psychology, under cotutelle between the University of São Paulo (USP) and the University Jean Moulin - Lyon 3. He is notably the author of "A primazia do corpo próprio: posição e crítica da função simbólica nos primeiros trabalhos de Merleau-Ponty" [The primacy of the lived body: position and critique of the symbolic function in the early works of Merleau-Ponty], and of researches and articles devoted mainly to the phenomenological study of perception, corporeality and the epistemological foundations of psychology. His current study, entitled “Perception and attention: phenomenological investigations and ethical developments”, is financed by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). At the commencement of his career, he has worked as Psychologist in the department of neurology, psychiatry and medical psychology of the general hospital of the Ribeirão Preto Medical School- University of São Paulo (USP).


Personal book

  • Verissimo, D. (2012). A primazia do corpo próprio: posição e crítica da função simbólica nos primeiros trabalhos de Merleau-Ponty. São Paulo: Editora UNESP.

Chapters in books

  • Verissimo, D. (2011). Position et critique de la fonction symbolique dans les premiers travaux de Merleau-Ponty (pp.459-479). In R. Barbaras et al., Chiasmi International: Merleau-Ponty cinquante ans après sa mort (n.13). Paris: Vrin.

Published papers (peer-reviewed)

  • Verissimo, D. (2021). Fenomenologia da percepção: fundamentos teóricos e cenários de investigação. Psicologia em Pesquisa, 15, 1-18.
  • Verissimo, D. (2019). The cultural crisis of attention: mechanical repetition and image shock. Psicologia USP, 30, 1-11.
  • Verissimo, D. (2019). Fundamentos para a problematização da percepção e da atenção na contemporaneidade. Psicologia & Sociedade, 31, 1-16.
  • Verissimo, D. (2019). Fundamentos estrutural-fenomenológicos da percepção a partir de Merleau-Ponty. Memorandum, 36, 1-19.
  • Silva, S. & Verissimo, D. (2018). Subjectivity and conversion in the foucaultian thought of the care of self. Psicologia em Estudo, 23(1), 1-14.
  • Verissimo D. (2017). Sur la relation entre imagerie mentale et perception: analyse à partir des contributions théoriques et empiriques. Bulletin d’Analyse Phénoménologique, 13(2), 129-153.
  • Verissimo, D. (2017). Modes of body absence and presence based on bodily sensorimotor telos. Psicologia USP, 28(3), 378-388.
  • Verissimo, D. (2016). Husserl’s theory of perceptive donation according to profiles. Psicologia USP, 27(3), 521 ­ 530.
  • Verissimo, D. (2012). Sur la notion de schéma corporel chez Merleau-Ponty: de la perception au problème du sensible. Bulletin d’Analyse Phénoménologique, 8 (1), 499-518.