Phenomenology: Linguistic or Eidetic?

June 8, 2023 - June 10, 2023
Institute of Philosophy, University of Graz

GEWI Sitzungszimmer, Room 0270
Universitätsplatz 3
Graz 8010

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  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)


University of South Florida
University of Pardubice
University of Southampton
University of Economics, Vienna
Bordeaux Montaigne University
University of Copenhagen
University of Graz
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
University of East Anglia
Università degli Studi di Trieste
University of Copenhagen


University of Graz

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The alternative alluded to in the conference title is that between what J. L. Austin called "linguistic phenomenology" (Philosophical Papers, p. 182), broadly conceived as synonymous with "ordinary language philosophy (= OLP), and phenomenology as founded by Edmund Husserl. In this later sense, "phenomenology" is meant to include figures like Eugen Fink, Adolf Reinach or Merleau-Ponty, but also influential secessionists like Heidegger or Derrida. The former tradition is understood as including the likes of Wittgenstein, Ryle, Alan R. White or Cavell. Papers will either cut across the traditions or be basic in a way that makes them relevant for both of them. The following topics have been suggested for discussion:

(1) “S is p” – A Basic Structure of Judgement?

(2) The “Natural Attitude” vs. the Ordinary

(3) Transcendental Subjectivity vs. the “We” of OLP

(4) Voice and Subjectivity

(5) The Inner and the Outer

The first half-day (starting on Thursday, 8 June 2023, 3:30 pm) will be a hybrid event. To participate, go to

On Friday and Saturday, the workshop will be held in presence only. No formal registration is required, but let me know if you wish to attend by sending an email to bernhard.ritter AT

Session Chairs:

Marie McGinn (University of East Anglia)

Antonia Schirgi (Karl-Franzens Universität Graz)

Philipp Berghofer (Karl-Franzens Universität Graz)

Mario Steinwender (Karl-Franzens Universität Graz)

Denis Dzanic (Karl-Franzens Universität Graz)

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