The Significance of Phenomenology

NICA and Department of Philosophy, Universiteit van Amsterdam

We would like to draw your attention to a graduate seminar which will run in conjunction with the lecture series “The Significance of Phenomenology” at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.   The project of phenomenology begun by Edmund Husserl in the early twentieth century continues to flourish and inspire new generations of philosophers.  Phenomenology has been subject to powerful and important critiques from a variety of directions, but the rich analyses of intentionality, intersubjectivity, embodiment and being-in-the-world found in the writings of classical phenomenologists remain influential for a number of contemporary debates within philosophy, and strikingly also in neighbouring humanities and social science disciplines as well as in the medical sciences.   The lecture series will comprise speakers from around Europe and from a variety of philosophical backgrounds either directly or indirectly engaged with phenomenology.  We’ve asked them to reflect on what phenomenology means to them, and in what way phenomenology continues to be of vital significance both in philosophy and beyond today.

Programme Winter/Spring 2013

30th January
Dermot Moran (University College, Dublin)

27th February
Veronica Vasterling (Nijmegen)

28th March
Jenny Slatman (Maastricht)

25th April
Wayne M. Martin (Essex)

22nd May
Tim Crane (Peterhouse, Cambridge)

19th June                    
Dan Zahavi
(Copenhagen, Centre for Subjectivity Research)

The Graduate Seminar will be run by Julian Kiverstein and Christian Skirke, University of Amsterdam, Department of Philosophy.  It will consist of a tutorial-style seminar which will meet before each of our invited speakers, and a post-lecture meeting in which we share thoughts and questions relating to the guest lecture.   The main goal of the tutorial will be to familiarise ourselves with some of the writings of our invited speakers in preparation for the guest lectures.  The overall aim of the seminar will be to invite students to reflect on the theme of the lecture series concerning the place of phenomenology in the current philosophical landscape and in neighbouring disciplines.

The seminar will be offered to graduate students in philosophy and from other humanities subjects. Some background in phenomenology would be helpful. Successful completion of the tutorial will earn you 6 EC. There will be twelve meetings in total, two for each lecture.

To sign up and for further information, please contact Julian Kiverstein ( or Christian Skirke ( by email. Our first meeting will take place on Monday 28 January 2013, time and place tba.