Call for Papers


 No 1/2021

The first issue of 2021 will be devoted to critical phenomenology

Though critical phenomenology has become a growing field of philosophical study in North America, it has received little attention in other geographic contexts. Bringing together scholars from a variety of backgrounds, this special issue will investigate the relationships between phenomenology and the critical tradition. Whether exemplified in Critical Theory, Marxian criticism, or Kantian criticism, critical philosophy is concerned not only with epistemological clarity, but also with a struggle to free humankind from its ignorance, from the hold of prejudices, and from disempowering political conditions and their philosophical advocates. We aim to create a collaborative venue to investigate this emancipatory project’s echoes in past and contemporary phenomenological work, and at the same time to explore how phenomenological reflection can ground and enrich the task of philosophical critique.
Following Eugen Fink’s early lead in situating Husserlian phenomenology in relationship to the Kantian and post-Kantian critical project, we seek to revive the phenomenological tradition conceiving of criticism as a radical interrogation on the philosophical foundations of our time, on the different meanings of the ongoing crises, and on the experiential and epistemological possibilities they reveal. Moreover, we are interested in discussing the social and political aspects of this phenomenological mode of critique, the historical context in which it is articulated, and the ethical responsibility that it requires.
How is philosophical critique understood phenomenologically? What is the specificity of a philosophical criticism that is phenomenological? What are the limitations of a critique of society that does not phenomenologically investigate the way in which it is experienced? How can phenomenological criticism become effective at the practical level of our experience, whose expression Husserl strove to articulate?
This special issue will explore:
1. The critical dimension of the phenomenological method, discussing the meaning and the goals of the phenomenological reduction, the importance of intuitive knowledge and of the sense that is founded by it; 2. The affinities and the divergences between phenomenological critique and other forms of philosophical criticism (Kant and Kantian philosophies, Marxism, Frankfurt School); 3. Concrete historical connections between phenomenological and critical social research (e.g., the connection between Lukacs and Heidegger, Fanon’s analyses of the colonial order’s modes of experience, the Sartre-Merleau-Ponty debate); 4. Ways in which phenomenology can enrich the contemporary project of social critique (criticism of social norms, reflections on social vulnerability and social visibility, studies of oppression and marginalization etc.).…
Editors: Delia Popa and Iaan Reynolds

Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza
Paul KLEE, Revolving house, 1921