"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

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14 Czerwiec 2014

Conference A Topography of Heresies or the Road to Renewal

On the 26th and 27th of June, 2014 the Department of Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Gdańsk organizes the international conference “A Topography of Heresies or the Road to Renewal? The Many Faces of Contemporary Phenomenology.” The conference is organized under the patronage of the Polish Phenomenological Association.

The main idea for the conference stems from a recognition of the paradox that today the many applications of phenomenology — from classical theory of knowledge and metaphysical inquiry to increasingly popular studies in cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and hermeneutics, as well as, beyond philosophy, to mathematics, architecture, and medicine — represent diverse conceptions of how to do phenomenology, while some of these conceptions exceed the limits of phenomenology as demarcated by Edmund Husserl.

Paul Ricoeur already claimed that one has to understand the history of the phenomenological movement as the history of Husserlian heresies (A l’école de la phénoménologie, pp. 9, 182). Consequently, more than 100 hundred years after the publication of Ideas I, we propose to repose the perennial question about the contemporary significance of phenomenology. What is the most important heritage of Husserl’s phenomenology for contemporary philosophy? Does phenomenology today present a consistent and unified philosophy? Or does it rather represent a robust mosaic, inviting but confusing, of different, heteronymous ‘games’? Should we understand contemporary phenomenology as a series of heresies, or can we rather observe a genuine renewal of classical phenomenology in it? Within the horizon of more than a century of development in the phenomenological movement, we know that such thinkers as Max Scheler, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Roman Ingarden, Jacques Derrida, Hermann Schmitz, and Michel Henry have questioned the adequacy not only of some of Husserl’s key positions and arguments, but also — and above all — his very idea of phenomenology in general, calling for a new phenomenology. Can we say that today we have one phenomenology, or do we rather face many phenomenologies? The primary and ultimate aim of the conference is to achieve clarity about the place of phenomenology in contemporary philosophy.

The conference will gather 35 participants from 13 countries. All submission were evaluated in a process of blind peer-review. Members of the Advisory Board are: George Heffernan (Merrinac College, USA), Jean Leclercq (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Andrzej Przyłębski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland), and Nicolas de Warren (KU Leuven, Belgium).

Members of the Advisory Board will give also keynote lectures, including:

Weder Häresie noch Erneuerung. Phänomenologie als ständige Selbstkorrektur und Selbstverbesserung by Andrzej Przyłębski;

Phenomenology of Evidence: Promises, Problems, and Prospects by George Heffernan;

Les enjeux du projet de la phénoménologie matérielle de Michel Henry by Jean Leclercq, and

The Archive and the Library: Cassirer’s Alternative Phenomenology by Nicolas de Warren.

List of approved and invited speakers include: Aleksandra Szulc (Szczecin University, Poland), Anna Yampolskaya (Centre for Phenomenological Philosophy, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia), Bartłomiej Skowron (Wrocław University, Poland), Bernhard Obsieger (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), Daniele De Santis (Seattle University, Seattle (WA), USA), Doris Kaltenberger (University of Vienna, Austria), Giuseppe Menditto (Euroikia - Association for Humanities, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Jaroslava Vydrova (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic), Jean-Baptiste Fournier (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France), Kenneth Knies (Sacred Heart University, Fairfield (CT), USA), Māra Grīnfelde (University of Latvia, Latvia), Marek  Łagosz (Wrocław Uniwersity, Poland), Marek Maciejczak (Technical University Warsaw, Poland), Marek Pokropski (Warsaw University, Poland), Margot  Wielgus (University of Kentucky, Lexington (KY), USA & Freiburg Universität, Germany), Maria Gołębiewska (Institut de Philosophie et Sociologie de l’Académie Polonaise des Sciences, Pologne), Max Schaefer, Michał Piekarski (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland), Monika Murawska (Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland), Olga Bialer (Warsaw University, Poland), Ovidiu Stanciu (Université de Bourgogne, France / Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany), Peter Andreas Varga (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary), Piotr Schollenberger (Warsaw University, Poland), Róbert Karul (Institut de philosophie, Bratislava, Slovaquie), Rosa Maria Lupo (Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche, University of Palermo, Italy), Saulius Geniusas (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Sergey Nikitin (Urals Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia), Simone Aurora (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy), Uldis Vēgners (University of Latvia, Latvia), Wojciech Starzyński (Polish Acedemy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland).

 The conference schedule and the poster are attached.

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