Husserl in a New Generation

Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), the founder of phenomenology, was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, one whose influence can be seen in almost every area of philosophical research. In his early work, most notably Logical Investigations, Husserl draws on his background in mathematics and psychology to address questions concerning meaning, truth, and cognition.  His later “transcendental” phenomenology is a far-ranging investigation into the fundamental structures of conscious experience and their relevance to topics such as time-consciousness, intersubjectivity, and the nature of scientific inquiry.  Among his later works, Ideas, Cartesian Meditations, and The Crisis of the European Sciences have been particularly widely read and translated.  In recent decades, central aspects of Husserlian phenomenology have played an important role in the evolution of fields as diverse as sociology, education, cognitive science, and architecture. The aim of this conference is to revisit Husserl’s important contributions, highlighting their relevance to the questions that philosophy faces today.

Organizers: Dr. Deborah Barnbaum, Dr. Gina Zavota
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Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sept. 14

Conference participants are invited to enjoy a wine and cheese reception at the Franklin Hotel Bar at 176 East Main Street in downtown Kent. Join us from 5:00-7:00 for engagement with Husserl scholars from around the world. No need to make reservations, but come prepared to pay for your own drinks and appetizers.

Friday, Sept. 15

Graduate Workshop

The graduate workshop will be an opportunity for emerging Husserl scholars to showcase and critique each others’ work in the company of faculty members.

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There will be a wine and cheese reception after the workshop, from 5:30-7:30pm, at the Kent State University Hotel's Erie Street Atrium.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Conference & Banquet

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The conference banquet will be held at the Kent State Hotel & Convention Center from 6:30-9:00pm. The banquet includes choice of two drinks (wine, beer, etc.), appetizer buffet, salad course, choice of entrée, and dessert. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be available. All participants are invited. The cost of the banquet will be $70 for faculty and $35 for graduate students, tax and tip included, and will be payable by cash or check by the morning of September 16. A cash bar for those who wish to enjoy additional drinks will be available.

Sunday, Sept. 17


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