Existential Philosophy for Times of Change and Crisis: Loneliness and Togetherness (3rd edition)

September 2, 2022 - September 3, 2022
Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Cracow University of Economics, Rakowicka 27, 31-510 Kraków, Pologne

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  • ESC Clermont Business School
  • Pedagogical University of Kraków


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Dates and Location:

2-3 September 2022, 10:00-17:00 Central European Summer Time (times subject to modification once the conference programme is finalised). This will be an in-person event only, held at the Cracow University of Economics, Poland


For this third edition of our Existential Philosophy for Times of Change and Crisis conference series (see the website www.chandeandcrisis.eufor archives), we will seek to re-examine the applicability of existential philosophy, broadly understood, for dealing with the drastic changes to our lives brought about by the pandemic and ensuing social and economic difficulties.


Friday 2 September 2022

Session 1


10.00 - 10.20 Opening words 

10.20 - 11.10 Adrienne de Ruiter, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht 

“Vulnerable Elderly as Homines Curati: Pandemic politics through an Arendtian lens” 

11.10 - 12.00 Daniil Koloskov, Charles University Prague and UC Louvain

“Arendt and Dostoevsky on the Crisis of Tradition”

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch break

Session 2


13.00 - 13.50 Mélissa Fox-Muraton, ESC Clermont/PHIER, University Clermont Auvergne

“Distinctiveness, Diversity and Relationality: Challenging Kierkegaard’s Concepts for a Contemporary Existential Ethics of Inclusiveness”

13.50 - 14.40 Carl Humphries, Jesuit University Ignatianum, Cracow

“Schmalenbach on Diachronic Isolation and Togetherness in Times of Crisis”

14.40 - 15.20 coffee break


Session 3


15.20 -16.10Michiel Leezenberg, University of Amsterdam

“Existentialism and Genealogy for Corona Times”

16.10 - 17.40 Panel debate:“Philosophers’ social responsibility in times of crises”

             Mélissa Fox-Muraton, Katarzyna Gurczyńska-Sady, Michiel Leezenberg, Tomasz 

             Zarębski, Jakub Gomułka. Moderation: Batrłomiej Kossakowski-Kisiel 

Saturday 3 September 2022


Session 4

10.00 - 10.50 Hanna Nasielska, Pedagogical University of Krakow and Cracow University of Economics

“The Melancholic Collective. Reflections on the community of loners based on the writings of Emil Cioran”

10.50 - 11.40 Katarzyna Gurczyńska-Sady, Pedagogical University of Krakow

“Being lonely and being alone. David Bom's reflection on the meaning of being together”

11.40 - 13.00 Lunch break

Session 5


13.00 - 13.50 Jakub Marek, Charles University Prague

“Homesickness, Separation, and the Problem of Philosophy in Karl Jaspers”

13.50 - 14.40 Tomasz Zarębski, University of Lower Silesia, Wrocław 

“Man dares not to say ‘I think’, ‘I am’, but quotes some saint or sage: an existentialist view on Emerson and Cavell”

14.40 - 15.20 coffee break

Session 6


15.20 -16.10 Francisco Javier Hernandez Guitierrez, Central European University

“‘Yes, I’m a Racist’: yet another attempt at solving the Freedom/Facticity Problem” 

16.10 - 17.00 Bartłomiej Kossakowski-Kisiel, Pedagogical University of Krakow

“‘We are all Socialists now.’ The Existential Crisis of 19thCentury British Liberals.”

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