Husserl-Arbeitstage 2023. Reason and Relativity

March 22, 2023 - March 24, 2023
Husserl-Archives Leuven, Higher Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven

Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
Leuven 3000

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Catholic University of Louvain
University Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Université de Lille
KU Leuven
Boston University
University of Cologne
Technical University of Darmstadt
Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo
Erasmus University Rotterdam


KU Leuven
KU Leuven
KU Leuven

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Husserl-Arbeitstage 2023, REASON AND RELATIVITY

From Husserl’s early critique of psychologism in the Prolegomena, to his criticism of both naturalism and historicism in the Logos article, and his later diagnosis of the inner fragmentation of science and philosophy in the Crisis, phenomenology has confronted  diverse forms of relativism and skepticism. As one strategy for facing this challenge, Husserl elaborated a phenomenology of reason embracing the theoretical sphere of being and truth, the axiological sphere of value and genuine evaluation, and the practical sphere of authentic ethical action. He thereby placed the rational ideals of autonomy and self-responsibility at the heart of his project of philosophy as a rigorous science. Moreover, he advanced investigations of social and cultural realities by developing a phenomenological science of what is often considered ‘merely’ relative: Culture, history, and community. For the 2023 Husserl-Arbeitstage, the Husserl-Archives Leuven are inviting contributions concerning “Reason and Relativity”. Papers on a wide range of thematic issues are welcome, including, but not limited to, experience and rational justification, moral and epistemic responsibility, normativity and rationality, cultural relativism and scientific universalism, essentialism and marginalization, scientific and philosophical thinking, foundations of social science, etc.

Please send a two-page abstract or full paper before December 11th, 2022 to [email protected]. All submissions should be anonymized. Notifications of acceptance will be issued on December 20th, 2022. The conference will be held in English.

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