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Programme

Phenomenology Reading Group

Organized by Pablo Muruzábal Lamberti

Are you a researcher and interested in phenomenology, planning to do, or already doing phenomenological research? Then it would probably not hurt to read some (more) Husserl. Although phenomenology as a philosophical perspective itself is not complicated per se, reading Husserl can be challenging. This reading group therefore proposes to start with a central work in the history and conceptualisation of phenomenology, namely Husserl's Analyses Concerning Passive and Active Synthesis: Lectures on Transcendental Logic, translated by Anthony J. Steinbock. 

After having established a solid foundational understanding of Husserl's work through some of these texts, we propose to democratically decide what to read next. Suggestions include (parts of) Ideas, Thing and Space, On the Phenomenology of the Consciousness of Internal Time, or works from different authors such as Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Gadamer, and/or Hannah Arendt. We may also decide to focus on more contemporary and/or interdisciplinary authors, and the influence of phenomenology on other disciplines (e.g. anthropology, sociology and psychology). As long as 'doing' phenomenology remains a criterion for reading a text, meaning it should not only serve as a means to improved understanding but encourage those interested in practicing phenomenological research as well. 

The reading group starts on Monday 23-09 where we will discuss the translator's introduction (i - lxvii of the aforementioned book). We will meet on a monthly basis from then on. Please email us at p.d.c.muruzaballamberti@uva.nl if you would like to participate or if you have any questions concerning this initiative.