Austrian Summer School in Phenomenology 2022

Second Austrian Summer School in Phenomenology

Phenomenological Approaches to Epistemology, Metaethics, and Metaphysics

September 5-7, 2022

hosted by the Austrian Society for Phenomenology
organized by Philipp Berghofer, Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl, and Michael Wallner
keynote speakers: John Drummond, Susanna Siegel, Amie Thomasson

Call for Papers

The Austrian Society for Phenomenology launches its second international summer school. Our objective is to promote the research of young scholars (bachelor, master, and doctoral students) that sheds new phenomenological light on current debates in epistemology, metaethics, and metaphysics. The descriptive analysis of lived experience, the eidetic study of the various modes of intentionality, and the epistemic role and normative dimensions ascribed to experience constitute the cornerstones of phenomenological research. In particular, Husserl’s conceptions of originary givenness, evaluative experience, and eidetic intuition are among the various seminal contributions we find in the phenomenological tradition. Currently, promising research is done that utilizes such conceptions in order to develop phenomenological perspectives on experiential justification, the debate between epistemic internalism and externalism, the theory of value, (moral) emotions, moral epistemology, issues surrounding metaphysical realism and anti-realism, as well as the epistemology and metaphysics of modality. We would like to encourage students to develop phenomenological insights and teachings systematically and in view of contemporary debates in philosophy. Our ambition is to promote such phenomenological research by providing a platform to connect with, discuss with, and receive feedback from peers and experts. Each conference day is devoted to one of the subtopics of the event.

The conference will be an online event.

If you wish to participate in the summer school but not to give a talk, please provide a short statement of motivation (not more than 150 words) and specify your name, affiliation, and research interests.

If you wish to participate in the summer school and give a talk, please apply with an (extended) abstract of the paper you wish to present. Submissions should not exceed 500 words, must be written in English (conference language), and should be prepared for blind review.

The submission deadline is July 3, 2022.

Please send your applications/submissions and general inquiries to philipp[dot]berghofer[at]uni-graz[dot]at

Woman and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Preliminary schedule

September 5

Phenomenological Approaches to Epistemology

Susanna Siegel (Harvard University): TBA

3 student presentations commented on by Philipp Berghofer (University of Graz)

September 6

Phenomenological Approaches to Metaethics

John Drummond (Fordham University): TBA

3 student presentations commented on by Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl (University of Graz)

September 7

Phenomenological Approaches to Metaphysics

Amie Thomasson (Darthmouth College): TBA

3 student presentations commented on by Michael Wallner (University of Graz)