"Phänomenologie" bezeichnet eine an der Jahrhundertwende in der Philosophie zum Durchbruch gekommene neuartige deskriptive Methode und eine aus ihr hervorgegangene apriorische Wissenschaft, welche dazu bestimmt ist, das prinzipielle Organon für eine streng wissenschaftliche Philosophie zu liefern

Edmund Husserl

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18 Luty 2016

Call for Papers - Phenomenology and Practice

University of Gdańsk

In cooperation with the Polish Phenomenological Association

Announces a First Call for Papers

for the International Conference on the Topic:

Phenomenology and Practice

The 2nd Conference on Traditions and Perspectives

of the Phenomenological Movement in

Central and Eastern Europe

8–10 September, 2016

Gdańsk, Poland

Confirmed invited speakers include:

Natalia Artemenko (St. Petersburg State University)

Michael Gubser (James Madison University)

Dalius Jonkus (Vytautas Magnus University)

Carlos Lobo (Collège International de Philosophie)

Please send paper proposals


Conference Description

Edmund Husserl developed phenomenology mainly as a theoretical project that at the very beginning concerned a refutation of psychologism, and a reform of theory of knowledge (Erkenntnistheorie). The problem of practice seemed to be completely marginal, however, Husserl presented an thorough analysis of many questions connected with practical philosophy, i.e., with axiology, ethics, he presented a description of praxis, and of practical involvement of a phenomenologist. Starting from his early lectures on ethics, through talks on Fichte, articles about the renewal, and the late project of ethics of love Husserl investigated the problem of practice. The main idea of the conference Phenomenology and Practice is to explore the practical consequences of phenomenology in philosophy in Central and Eastern Europe. This purpose stems from a recognition that historical and political circumstances in Central and Eastern Europe have led to a significant reformulation of the ways how to do phenomenology. It is well known that phenomenology was regarded as an idealistic, and bourgeois philosophy. Although some phenomenologists wanted to abandon any political commitment, many of them used phenomenology as a background of their political-practical reformulation of philosophy. Well known examples are Jan Patočka, Józef Tischner, and Karol Wojtyła.

Our further aims include both systematic and historical questions:

  • Who could be regarded as key figures of the “practical turn” in phenomenology in Central and Eastern Europe?

  • How was phenomenology redefined as a practical philosophy within the phenomenological movement in Central and Eastern Europe?

  • How can we understand political and social roles of phenomenology and phenomenologists as a part of the opposition movements before 1989?

  • What role did the exile play in supporting, and preserving the phenomenological movement beyond the Iron Curtain?

  • Can we say that phenomenology grounds a specific form of ethics?

  • If yes, what are the specific problems of this form of ethical phenomenology?

  • What is the thematic scope of phenomenology of praxis?

  • What are the main phenomena connected with practice?

  • How, if at all, phenomenology can be practically implemented?

The ultimate aim of the conference is to illuminate practical and ethical dimensions of phenomenology within the phenomenological movement in Central and Eastern Europe.

Further information is available here.

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