The Significance of Phenomenology

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 continue along the same lines as last year.  We will invite distinguished speakers from around Europe and from a variety of philosophical backgrounds either directly or indirectly engaged with phenomenology. They will be asked 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.  The programme will begin on October 10 with Prof Rudolf Bernet (KU, Leuven).  Details of the rest of the programme to follow.

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 run before each of our invited speakers. 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. At the end of the lecture series we will run a graduate workshop in which participants in the seminar will produce group presentations.

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.

To sign up and for further information, please contact Julian Kiverstein ( or Christian Skirke ( by email.