The Significance of Phenomenology

Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam
Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis
Winter/Spring 2014

The University of Amsterdam lecture series The Significance of Phenomenology, and NICA graduate seminar will recommence in January 2014.  The aim of the lecture series and seminar is to explore how phenomenological ideas are of continuing inspiration in many different fields of research both inside and outside of philosophy.

Lecture Programme:  

27 February        Peter Reynaert (Antwerp)

17.00-19.00            C2.23, Oudemanhuispoort.

(Please note later time for this lecture.)


19 March            Joseph Schear (Oxford)

16.00-18.00            E0.02, Oost-Indisch Huis (VOC-Zaal)


9 April                  Dorothée Legrand (Paris)

16.00-18.00            C2.23, Oudemanhuispoort.


24 April               Hans-Peter Krüger (Potsdam)

16.00-18.00            C2.23, Oudemanhuispoort.


14 May                Tim Crane (Cambridge)

16.00-18.00            Doelenzaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek


+ Symposium on Tim Crane’s The Objects of Thought (OUP 2013)

09.00-15.00            Belle van Zuylenzaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek


14 May                Thomas Fuchs (Heidelberg)

16.00-18.00            venue tbc

28 May                Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl (Graz)

16.00-18.00             venue tbc.


June (TBC)         Thomas Fuchs (Heidelberg)


All are welcome.  Registration not necessary.


Graduate Seminar:


The NICA Graduate Seminar will run alongside the lecture series.  The purpose of this seminar is to provide graduate students with some of the background to the topics to be discussed by our invited speakers and their connection with phenomenology.   The seminar will take place once a month.  In June we will organize a small graduate workshop where participants in the seminar will make group presentations.  The course can be studied for 6EC credit, and will be assessed based on an essay to be submitted August 2014.   If you would like to sign up for this seminar please email me at

Tuesday 25 February, Reynaert

“Subjectivity and Embodiment.” (Manuscript)

Charles Siewert “Respecting appearances: a phenomenological approach to consciousness.”  In D. Zahavi (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology (Oxford, OUP)


Tuesday 18 March – Schear

“Husserl on Horizons of Perceptual Experience.”

“Are we essentially rational animals?”

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Tuesday 8 April – Legrand

“Self-consciousness and world-consciousness.”

“Intersubjectively meaningful symptoms in anorexia.”


Tuesday 6 May – Crane

Final chapter from Objects of Thought (this will be the final meeting of the Crane reading group).  Anybody not participating in the reading group is also welcome to attend this seminar but the discussion will most likely assume some knowledge of the book.


Tuesday 20 May – Fuchs

Depression, Intercorporeality and Interaffectivity

Chapter on Psychiatry from Overgaard & Luft (Ed’s ) Routledge Companion to Phenomenology


Tuesday 26 May – Rinofner-Kreidl

The future of phenomenology: issues in practical philosophy

Chapter on Moral Philosophy from Overgaard & Luft (Ed’s ) Routledge Companion to Phenomenology


All meetings will take place from 15.00-18.00.  Locations to be announced.  The purpose of these meetings is to introduce you to some of the research from our invited speakers.  We will make a brief introductory presentation and then discuss the readings.