Call for Papers: Studia Phaenomenologica XV – Early Phenomenology

giovedì, 12 Dicembre, 2013

Call for Papers: Studia Phaenomenologica XV (2015)

Early Phenomenology

Guest Editors: Dermot Moran and Rodney K.B. Parker

The 2015 issue of Studia Phaenomenologica will be dedicated to the topic of Early Phenomenology.

The early phase of the phenomenological movement is an under researched area in the history of philosophy. Despite the efforts made by Herbert Spiegelberg, Karl Schuhmann, and Eberhard Avé-Lallemant in documenting the figures of this movement and in interpreting and elaborating on their ideas, many of Husserl’s followers remain cloaked in obscurity. Luckily, there has been a recent resurgence in the study of the early phenomenologists, spearheaded in large part by the members of the North American Society for Early Phenomenology and the Central-European Institute of Philosophy.

Shortly after the publication of his Logical Investigations, Husserl began to attract a wide array of students to phenomenology. Some of these students were already in Göttingen at the time, working with Husserl or David Hilbert, while others had been students of Theodor Lipps in Munich. In the summer of 1905, the so-called “Munich invasion” occurred, setting the phenomenological movement into motion. By 1910, Husserl’s students and followers in Göttingen formed an active philosophical society dedicated to the study of phenomenology. However, Husserl’s views on phenomenology had evolved since the publication of the Logical Investigations, and many of his students resisted these changes. Thus two schools of phenomenology emerged in this early period: realist phenomenology, and constitutive or transcendental phenomenology.

While the philosophical output of some members of the early phenomenological movement – such as Edith Stein, Roman Ingarden, and Max Scheler – are well known, the contributions of the other members – such as Johannes Daubert, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, and Hans Lipps – are not. Not only are their philosophical writings widely unknown, their place within the movement and their influence on subsequent thinkers is equally mysterious. As a result, the aim of the 2015 issue is two-fold. The first is to revive the work of the early phenomenologists and to fill in a number of historical gaps, and subsequently to use such historical scholarship as means to interpreting their work. Second is to highlight the ways in which the ideas of the early realist and transcendental phenomenologists can contribute to contemporary scholarship.

There is good reason to map out the history of the early phenomenological movement and to situate Husserl’s students and followers within it. By doing so, we can both establish the context in which these philosophers were working, and we can bring them into dialogue with one another. Part of what made the early phenomenological movement such a fruitful period of research was the community that they created and the personal interactions between these thinkers. In order to fill in this picture, we need to look beyond the canonical members of the Munich and Göttingen phenomenological circles as well. Using this historical backdrop to aid in understanding the works of the early phenomenologists, we aim to critically engage with their ideas. The writings of many of the early phenomenologists are often overlooked or completely forgotten, but there are rich phenomenological analyses and discussions about the relationship between metaphysics, epistemology, and psychology within their works that could be brought to bear on contemporary debates.

We welcome submissions on any aspect of early phenomenology and any figure associated with the early phenomenological movement. These figures include, but are not limited to: Edmund Husserl, Johannes Daubert, Alexander Pfänder, Moritz Geiger, Adolf Reinach, Theodor Conrad, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, Max Scheler, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Siegfried Hamburger, Alfred von Sybel, Maximilian Beck, Hans Lipps, Alexandre Koyré, Jean Hering, Winthrop Bell, Gustav Shpet, Theodor Celms, Kurt Stavenhagen, Dietrich Mahnke, Erika Gothe, Wilhelm Schapp, Theodor Lessing, Gerda Walther, Edith Stein, and Roman Ingarden.

We also encourage the submission of any unpublished materials by these figures or translations of their works that could be included in this volume.

Submissions in English, French, and German will be accepted, and should comply with the following guidelines:

Deadline for submissions is 1 July, 2014.

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