Conference cancellation

Dear Friends of the North American Society for Early Phenomenology and the Max Scheler Society of North America,

The executives of both societies have been closely monitoring both governmental and institutional responses to the COVID-19 virus. The continued health and well-being of our members and conference participants is our paramount concern. It is important to take this pandemic seriously, but also avoid unnecessary panic. Given the developments of the last 24 hours and after thoughtful deliberation, we have determined that the upcoming conference at St. John’s University will be cancelled.

St. John’s University has already closed its campuses for March and may decide to close for April as well. There are no known cases of COVID-19 at this time on any of the St. John’s University campuses or locations. However, given the declaration of a state of emergency in New York state and the lockdown of New Rochelle, New York City may well begin to shut down more fully in the weeks ahead. As many of you know, President Trump has effectively banned travel from Europe to the US. While this is only in place for 30 days, we cannot be confident that the ban will be lifted before our conference. This means that many of our attendees may not be able to travel to New York in April.

Concerning domestic travel, while there are no such bans in place, many universities in North America have suspended funding for conference travel. This again means that many of our planned attendees will not be able to come to New York. While we considered postponing the conference to a later date, there will certainly be other factors by then that will necessitate significant changes to the program. Therefore, we thought it best to cancel and try again next year.
For those of you who have already arranged travel and accommodations, we sincerely hope that these arrangements can be undone, or put to some other good use.

CFP – Phenomenology as Method (NASEP 2020)

The North American Society for Early Phenomenology | Max Scheler Society of North America

Phenomenology as Method

22-24 April 2020
St. John’s University
Manhattan Campus, 101 Astor Place
New York, New York

Keynote Speakers:

David Carr (New School for Social Research)
Crina Gschwandtner (Fordham University)
Wolfhart Henckmann (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

Call for abstracts

Since its inception, phenomenology has been understood as a method of philosophizing or philosophical attitude rather than a system of philosophy. Husserl encouraged his students to apply this method to all types of philosophical questions and across all fields of research. As a result, phenomenological analysis was used by a wide range of disciplines, from philosophy and psychology to literature, history, sociology, mathematics, cosmology, and religious studies. The phenomenological method itself has been refined according to the insights achieved as a result of its interdisciplinary nature. However, the core tenets of this method and characterization of this attitude have long been a point of debate among phenomenologists.

This conference will explore the nature of the phenomenological method, its interdisciplinary applications, and how research in parallel fields informed the work of the early phenomenologists.

As always, we encourage submissions dealing with the thought of the full spectrum of early phenomenologists (including Edmund Husserl, Franz Brentano, Carl Stumpf, Theodor Lipps, Alexander Pfänder, Max Scheler, Moritz Geiger, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, Eugen Fink, Roman Ingarden, Edith Stein, Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Adolf Reinach, Martin Heidegger, Maximilian Beck, Jean Hering, et al.) as well as figures who were in conversation with the early phenomenological movement.

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

Deadline for submissions is 26 January 2020.

Decisions will be sent out no later than 7 February 2020.

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CFA – Aristotle in Phenomenology

Call for abstracts

Aristotle in Phenomenology

April 23-24, 2016

Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Aristotelian concepts persist in the works of Franz Brentano, who was a prolific Aristotle commentator as well as Edmund Husserl’s teacher. Later phenomenologists continue to exhibit both implicit and explicit Aristotelianism. The purpose of this conference is to elucidate the effect of Aristotle’s writings on phenomenology and the history of phenomenology.

Abstracts should be 300-500 words, prepared for blind review.

Please submit abstracts and current CV to Dr. Charlene Elsby at

Deadline for submissions is 15 January, 2016.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out February 15th, 2016.

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Sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the College of Arts and Sciences at IPFW.

CFA – NASEP 2016


The North American Society for Early Phenomenology

in conjunction with

The Max Scheler Society of North America


Feeling, Valuing, and Judging: Phenomenological Investigations in Axiology

May 19th-21st, 2016

St. John’s University – Manhattan Campus

Invited Speakers

  • Anthony Steinbock (Southern Illinois University – Carbondale)
  • John Drummond (Fordham University)
  • James Dodd (New School for Social Research)

Call for Abstracts

Feelings, values, and judgements all played central roles in the philosophical writings of the early phenomenologists – from their discussions of formalism in ethics, to social ontology, the phenomenology of moods and emotions, and even the phenomenology of religion. Though heavily inspired by the work of Edmund Husserl, Max Scheler and the Munich phenomenologists conceived phenomenology as less a method and more an attitude, and developed their phenomenological investigations accordingly. With the phenomenological attitude, the meaning of the object of cognition is revealed. Doxic, volitional, and affective intentional attitudes gives rise to phenomenological descriptions of the world in terms of its meaning and value. Understood in this way, the early phenomenologists saw questions of value as arising alongside questions of ontology.

The theme of this conference will be phenomenological studies in axiology (ethics and aesthetics), and will look at the relationship of intuition, the emotions, and intersubjectivity to acts of feeling, valuing, and judging. Topics include phenomenological theories of valuation, the departure of later phenomenologists from Husserl’s and Brentano’s distinctions of types of mental phenomena, axiological properties of intentional objects, the self as a member of a community, sympathy and empathy, criteria for correct and incorrect value judgments, the difference between axiological and ontic characteristics and fact-value differentiation, axiology in universals and particulars, judgments of value and the role of implicit beliefs, phenomenological descriptions of striving, volition, emotions, moods, the beautiful and the sublime, etc. We encourage papers on the work of Franz Brentano, Edmund Husserl, Theodor Lipps, Max Scheler, Alexander Pfänder, Moritz Geiger, Josef Geyser, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Siegfried Hamburger, Nicolai Hartmann, Waldemar Conrad, Aurel Kolnai, Roman Ingarden, Edith Stein, Emmanuel Levinas, Hans Reiner, and others. We are also interested in papers proposing original phenomenological descriptions of emotions, feelings, volition, and judgments that follow the phenomenological tradition, and build upon these historical antecedents in new and interesting ways.

Abstracts should be 500-700 words, and include a short bibliography of primary and secondary sources.  All abstracts must be prepared for blind review and sent via email in .doc or .docx format to Dr. Rodney Parker at: (

Both senior researchers and graduate students are encouraged to submit.

Deadline for submissions is: December 15, 2015.

Click here for a .pdf version of the call for abstracts.

CFP – Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology


Women Phenomenologists


Social Ontology

February 11-13th 2016
University of Paderborn, Germany



Contrary to many movements in the history of philosophy, the “Phenomenological Movement” has from its beginnings included numerous female philosophers. They contributed substantially to the phenomenological project by developing outstanding philosophical accounts and addressing problems, which remain relevant until today. Phenomenology’s exceptionally modern outlook, not to let oneself be influenced by traditional authorities, but rather to only receive guidance from ”the things themselves”, allowed its female proponents to achieve a position in the academic world few women could enjoy at the time. From today’s perspective, the most noteworthy issues that some of the prominent female phenomenologists elaborated on fall under the scope of what one would today label social ontology and political philosophy.

The conference will investigate specifically the contribution of women phenomenologists in this field. The programme focuses on, but is not restricted to, the following philosophers: Hannah Arendt, Luce Irigaray, Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther.

For full and up-to-date information, please visit the official conference website regularly.

The list of invited speakers includes:

Prof. Dr. Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
University of Iceland/University of Helsinki, Finland

Prof. Dr. Ronny Miron
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Prof. Dr. Antonio Calcagno
Western University, Canada

Prof. Dr. Hans Bernhard Schmid
University of Wien, Austria

Prof. Dr. Julia Jansen
KU Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Sara Heinämaa
University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Luft
Marquette University, USA/University of Paderborn, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber
University of Paderborn, Germany

Dr. Michela Summa
University of Würzburg, Germany

Dr. Alessandro Salice
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Thomas Szanto
University of Wien, Austria

Dr. Anna Varga-Jani
Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary


Presentations by invited speakers will take place on February 11th and 12th. To register, please send an e-mail to Julia Mühl The registration fee of 10 € will be collected upon arrival. It will be also possible to make reservations for the conference dinner (February 11th) for 40€. The event will be followed by a graduate and post-graduate student conference on “Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology,” February 13th 2016 at the University of Paderborn.

Call for Papers

Submission guidelines:

Presentation of the papers should take a maximum of 30 minutes and will be followed by a general discussion (15 min). Proposal for papers should include the speaker’s name and institutional affiliation, title and an abstract (up to 300 words). The conference language is English.
The submission deadline is November 1st 2015.

Notification of paper acceptance will be given by December 15th 2015.
The best paper by a graduate/post-graduate student will be awarded a prize of 100 €.
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In case of any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
Dr. Maria Robaszkiewicz,
Julia Mühl,

Conference organizers:

Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber & Prof. Dr. Sebastian Luft

NYPPP 2016 – Phenomenology of Emotions: Systematic and Historical Perspectives

The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy (2016)

Invites submissions on the following topic: 

Phenomenology of Emotions:
Systematic and Historical Perspectives

Guest Editors: Rodney K.B. Parker & Ignacio Quepons

The emotions (Gefühlen, Stimmungen) have been a topic of phenomenological analysis since the beginning of the phenomenological movement.  In recent years there has been a general turn toward a serious reconsideration of emotional experience in philosophy and in the social and cognitive sciences.  This has led to an increased interest in the phenomenological descriptions of emotion developed by Edmund Husserl and his early followers, and how their work might shed light on current problems and debates.

We welcome submissions on systematic and historical aspects of the phenomenology of emotions, with emphasis on Husserl and the early reception of his work on emotion; current developments in phenomenology of emotions; valuing and action in transcendental phenomenology; and the historical antecedents of the problem of the intentionality of emotions within phenomenological research. The writings of Franz Brentano, Edmund Husserl, Carl Stumpf, Theodor Lipps, Moritz Geiger, Alexander Pfänder, Max Scheler, Maximilian Beck, Else Voigtländer, Margarete Calinich, Aurel Kolnai and Stephan Strasser, among others, are of particular interest. We are open to receive contributions on the topic of intentionality of emotions in other philosophical traditions if the paper emphasizes, compares or criticizes an important aspect of the phenomenological account of emotions.

Articles can be no longer than 75.000 characters, including spaces and footnotes. All submissions should be prepared for blind review, and sent to by 30 December, 2015.

Confirmed invited contributors:

Anthony Steinbock Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Antonio Zirión Q. National and Autonomous University of Mexico
Ingrid Vendrell Ferran University of Marburg
Mariano Crespo University of Navarra
John Drummond  Fordham University
Panos Theodorou University of Crete

Summer School of Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage

hosts the 3rd Annual



 VENICE, JULY 07-10, 2015

The Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University Venice (Italy) is pleased to host the third edition of the SSPPP (Summer School of Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy), 07-10.7.2015.

Seminars will be led by:

  • Patrice Canivez (University of Lille)
  • Daniele de Santis (Seattle University)
  • Nicolas de Warren (Husserl Archives at KU Leuven)
  • Matteo Giannasi  (Ca’ Foscari University Venice)
  • Burt Hopkins (Seattle University)
  • Edouard Jolly (University of Leuven)
  • Claudio Majolino (University of Lille)
  • Darian Meacham (University of the West of England)
  • Gianluigi Paltrinieri (Ca’ Foscari University Venice)
  • Emiliano Trizio (Seattle University)

SSPPP Program  |  Abstracts  |  Faculty Info


The relation between phenomenology and political philosophy can be ranged among the least investigated themes of the phenomenological tradition, to the point that it is legitimate to claim that the potentialities of this field of study have barely begun to be explored. The reasons for this widespread and persistent forgetfulness are often deemed to be rooted in the history of phenomenology itself, which has been marked by the predominance of foundational issues revolving chiefly around the theory of knowledge (Husserl) and the problem of being (Heidegger). Indeed, although a number of prominent authors belonging to this tradition have produced a considerable amount of work on social and political philosophy, and have, for better or worse, actively participated to the political life of their time, it is not always clear to what extent their contribution to the reflection on social and political issues stems from their phenomenological outlook, rather than being just juxtaposed to it. This is true both of Heidegger’s tragic proximity to Nazism, and of the Marxist creed predominant among some post-war phenomenologists. Subsequently, the so-called end of ideologies and the predominance of an apolitical academic style of philosophy have widened the gulf between a highly technical discipline such as phenomenology and the reflection on the surrounding political and social context. Ethical and broadly existential issues have thus replaced the strongly political and practical concerns of authors such as Jean-Paul Sartre in France, Enzo Paci in Italy or Ludwig Landgrebe in Germany, to name a few. Yet, more recently, a number of works has renewed the interest in the way in which phenomenology can give a valuable contribution to issues fundamental to political philosophy: intersubjectivity, life-world, the constitution of social and cultural objects, the concepts of state and democracy, power, authority and technology, the reflection on the meaning of history and on the philosophical idea of Europe. Consequently, it has now become possible to highlight an underlying political motive that permeates 20th Century phenomenology since its inception (from Husserl to Patočka, from Heidegger to Arendt), reassess the judgments of its most prominent critiques (from the Frankfurt School to various post-modern appraisals) and, further, to pave the way to new original phenomenological investigations in this area, as well as to a confrontation with other major trends in political philosophy.

No previous background in phenomenology is required. On the final day of the seminar, advanced students will be encouraged to give a personal contribution to the School’s activities.

Language: English

The number of attendants being limited, a selection will take place among aspirant students. Applicants are kindly requested to send a CV and a sample of writing (optional) to

Deadline for application: May 23, 2015 (Late applicants will be shortlisted and contacted on the basis of the number of attendants).

Notification of acceptance: May 24, 2015

The event is organized and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University Venice.

Participation fee: 100 euro (50 for Ca’ Foscari students).

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Call for Abstracts – Hermeneia International Symposium

Call for Abstracts


Metaphysics and the Linguistic Turn

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) – Florianópolis-SC, Brazil

August 17-19th, 2015

What is the kind of language suited to phenomenological description? Is this language able to avoid aporias that come from classical metaphysics? Or is every language essentially metaphysical? These questions have received different approaches, many of them with relevant repercussions for contemporary philosophy. Reflections on language are central whatever the work we consider in Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology. Martin Heidegger’s fundamental ontology tries to reach a primordial way of thinking by forging a vocabulary that presents the phenomena as such, while uncovering the originary meaning of fundamental concepts by means of a destruction of the metaphysical tradition. After the Kehre, Heidegger underlines the “originary words” that founded philosophy, such as logos, moira, physis, and so on, in order to reveal the “unthought” (das Ungedachte) of metaphysics, and to prepare the thinking of another beginning. Unlike Heidegger, who traces metaphysics back to a genealogy in which it becomes consolidated, Hans-Georg Gadamer rejects the very idea of a “language of metaphysics,” and proposes instead the dialogue as the medium in which metaphysical assumptions may be revealed and confronted. Conversely, Jacques Derrida accuses Heidegger of not being able to overcome metaphysics, whereas the onto-theology of latter remains within the metaphysics of presence – logocentric and phonocentric. With this on mind, Derrida approaches the aporia of metaphysics through terms as trace, iterability, dissemination, difference, and non-presence. Paul Ricoeur’s discussion on the symbolic character on language and the correspondent idea of a surplus of meaning shades new lights on language and metaphysics, while Emmanuel Levinas identifies the surplus with the metaphysics itself, as the very condition of possibility of ethics.

We welcome submissions on the relation between metaphysics and the linguistic turn achieved by contemporary phenomenology and hermeneutics.  Themes to consider are:

a)    Human Sciences and Metaphysics
b)    Ethics, Politics, and Language
c)    Hermeneutics and Deconstruction
d)    Poetry, Art, and Metaphysics
e)    Metaphysics, Historicity, and Temporality
f)     The Language of Metaphysics


Scholars interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit an electronic abstract that fits in one of the themes of the thematic axes mentioned (named “Abstract,” format: doc or rtf, with the following information: paper title, thematic axis in which the paper is included, abstract between 400 and 500 words in Times New Roman typeface size 12, interspaced 1.5, justified paragraphs) and attach a separate title page named “Author Information” that includes the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address. We expect participants to have 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Proposals in Portuguese, English, and Spanish can be submitted by e-mail at <>. Notification of acceptance will be available at the official page,, by April 30, 2015.

Deadline for submission: April 15, 2015


Daniel Dahlstrom (Boston University)
George Heffernan (Merrimack College)
Jean Grondin (Université de Montreal)
Jeffrey Bloechl (Boston College)
Mário Angel González Porta (PUC-SP)
Paulo Cesar Duque Estrada (PUC-RJ)
Róbson Ramos dos Reis (UFSM)
Tomás Domingo Moratalla (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

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