CFP – NASEP 2017, Seattle. At the Origins of Phenomenology. Logic, Psychology, Ontology.

Call for Abstracts

The North American Society for Early Phenomenology

At the Origins of Phenomenology.

Logic, Psychology, Ontology.

1-3 June, 2017
Seattle University, Seattle (WA)
Keynote Speakers:

Frederick Beiser (Syracuse University)
Stefania Centrone (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)

While the “phenomenological movement” is to be counted among the 20th century’s most influential traditions of thought, its roots lie in the late 19th century’s debates and discussions on both the nature and foundation of logic, psychology, and ontology, and of their mutual relations. This can be easily surmised by skimming the titles of the articles found in the Jahrbuch. During the early years of the phenomenological movement, many of Husserl’s students also studied with the psychologist G.E. Müller and the mathematician David Hilbert. Though Richard Courant refers to this time period as “Hilbert’s Göttingen”, it might be more accurately referred to as Hilbert-Husserl’s Göttingen. For there existed in Göttingen a cross section of interdisciplinary research that fueled discussions within both the Philosophische and Mathematische Gesellschaften, informed the work carried out in Müller’s experimental psychology laboratory, and which drew students from across Europe to Göttingen. Similar conceptual partnerships informed the phenomenological philosophy of the Munich Circle, as well as the projects of the Graz, Berlin, and Lwów–Warsaw Schools. The theme of this conference will be the role and position of phenomenology within the development of logic, psychology, and ontology, as well as its contributions to addressing, and eventually clarifying those disciplines. Topics would include the psychologism/logicism debate, the foundations of mathematics and logic, the nature of intentionality and of intentional objects, mereology, the relationships between psychology and phenomenology, logic and ontology, psychology and logic, and phenomenology and mathematics. In addition to those mentioned, we encourage papers addressing and discussing thinkers like Herbart, Bolzano, Lotze, Brentano, and Frege, as well as the impact of phenomenology on 20th century thinkers such as Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz, Hermann Weyl, Ludwig Binswanger, and others. As always, we welcome papers that deal with the full spectrum of early phenomenologists.

Abstracts should be 400-600 words, and include a short bibliography. Abstracts must be prepared for blind review and sent to Rodney Parker (

Deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2017.

Decisions will be sent out no later than March 1st, 2017

Organizers: Rodney Parker, Wai-Shun Hung, Daniele De Santis
Host: Philosophy Department, Seattle University.

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