UNIVERSITA' CA’ FOSCARI VENEZIA/ CA’ FOSCARI UNIVERSITY VENICE
DIPARTIMENTO DI FILOSOFIA E BENI CULTURALI/ DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
SUMMER SCHOOL OF PHENOMENOLOGY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL PHILOSOPHY
KOSMOS, NATURE, LIFE-WORLD
(VENICE, JULY 6-10, 2020)
DEADLINE: March 20, 2020
The Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University Venice (Italy) is pleased to host the eighth edition of the SSPPP (Summer School of Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy), which will take place on 6-10.7.2020.
Seminars will be led by:
Daniele de Santis (Charles University Prague) Nicolas de Warren (Pensylvania State University) Matteo Giannasi (Ca’ Foscari University Venice) Burt Hopkins (University of Lille) Claudio Majolino (University of Lille) Tereza Matějčková (Charles University Prague) Inga Römer (University of Grenoble Alpes) Emiliano Trizio (University of the West of England)
The world is one of the central and leading themes of the phenomenological tradition, and it has been since its very beginning. Over the course of the 20th century, phenomenologists have in fact contributed to reshaping our understanding of the world in at least two compelling ways. In the first place, systematic attempts have been made by Husserl and Heidegger to explore the dimension of the world that is more fundamental than its interpretation by modern natural science. Husserl’s transcendental-phenomenological theory of the life-world as well as Heidegger’s existential-ontological analysis of being-in-the-world both present compelling accounts, respectively, of the worldly meaning and ontological sense presupposed by natural science. In contrast, Merleau-Ponty and Patočka lay strong emphasis upon the body and the bodily aspect of our interaction with the world, precisely in order to develop a conception of the natural world able to do justice to the dimensions and conditions of our existence within nature. However, side by side with the phenomenological investigations of the dimensions of the world presupposed by and therefore more fundamental than the modern scientific view of nature, a cosmological approach has also been proposed. This approach consists in regarding our human existence as inscribed within an all-encompassing and all-embracing kosmos. This holds true not only of Heidegger’s later thought, but also of the phenomenological approaches of Fink and Henry. The phenomenological tradition, however, has not simply been concerned with the question of the relation between world and nature, life and kosmos, whether understood transcendentally or ontologically. The works of Arendt and Schutz, for example, lay claim to the social and political structure of the world and raise the timely question of whether the phenomenology of the world necessarily implies also a political philosophy as well as a critical engagement with race and gender.
The seminars of the School will address different aspects of this broad theme. No previous background in phenomenology is required.
Applicants should send a CV and a sample of writing (optional) to
The number of attendants being limited, a selection will take place.
Deadline for submission: March 20, 2020
Notification of acceptance: March 23, 2020
A number of students will present short papers on the topic of this year’s edition. Each student presentation will last twenty minutes and will be followed by a thirty-minute discussion. Once the selection of this year’s students has taken place, we will circulate a call for abstracts among those admitted to the School.
A workshop on a text will take place during the last day. Students will be invited to work in groups and, subsequently, to participate in an open debate.
NON-REFUNDABLE PARTICIPATION FEE: 100 euro (also for previous attendants) 50 euro for Ca’ Foscari students
Bank transfer fees cannot be deducted from the participation fee
Abstracts of the seminars, info about faculty, and the program will be available on this website in due time:
The participation fee does not cover any expenses for travel, food, and lodging, although participants shall enjoy existing agreements between Ca’ Foscari and other institutions in Venice, such as student dorms.