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Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center


The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, founded in 1980, is the representation of the phenomenological orientation of Duquesne University. The Philosophy and Psychology departments at Duquesne University share a tradition of work in phenomenology.

The Simon Silverman Collection at Gumberg Library acquires books in all fields where a phenomenological approach is used or criticized:

  • purchased and donated holdings in phenomenology and philosophy as well as geography, music, ophthalmology, pedagogy, law, and nursing
  • four alcoves including the entire personal libraries of Erwin Straus, Stephan Strasser, Aron Gurwitsch and Amedeo Giorgi as well as the five collections of Jan Bouman, Charles Maes, Rolf von Eckartsberg, André Schuwer, O.F.M., and Edward L. Murray, C.S.Sp.

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The Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology and Romanian Society for Phenomenology has honored the SSPC with the recognition



New Books

We are constantly adding new books to our collection, please take a look at our most recent acquisitions. If you have any requests or suggestions to add to our collection, please let us know.

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Special Events

In addition to the Collection, the Center hosts conferences and symposia to explore and expand upon the phenomenological aspects of varied topics, events and people.

Past discussions have included:

  • the turn to religion in phenomenology
  • phenomenology, cognition and neuroscience
  • music and phenomenology
  • phenomenology and its critics

Upcoming Events

September 12th - 3:00PM-5:00PM - Graduate Students in Philosophy (GSiP) Colloquium

September 19th - 3:00PM-5:00PM - Birdsong: On the Relation Between the Human and the Animal
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Music and Philosophy - Paolo Palmieri (University of Pittsburgh, Department of History & Philosophy of Science) and Rachel Mundy (University of Pittsburgh, Department of Music)

September 22nd - 4:30PM-6:00PM - Philosophy Talk - Dr. Anton Koch (Universitat Heidelberg)

September 24th - 1:00PM-3:00PM - Dissertation Defense - Nathan Eckstrand (Philosophy Department)

September 26th - 1:00PM-9:00PM - Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Network Conference

September 27th - 10:00AM-6:00PM - Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Network Conference

October 3rd - 12:00PM-2:00PM - Dissertation Defense - Patrick Craig (Philosophy Department)

October 3rd - 2:00PM-5:00PM - Philosophy Talk - Dr. Doug Jesseph (University of South Florida)

October 10th - 4:00PM-8:00PM - Dr. Karl Stern Archives Dedication (Dr. Burston - Psychology)

October 17th - 2:00PM-3:00PM - Dissertation Defense - Jill Leontiadis (Communication & Rhetoric)

October 31st - 2:00PM-5:30PM - Philosophy Talk - Dr. Luna Dolezal (Trinity College Dublin)

November 7th - 3:00PM-5:00PM - Graduate Students in Philosophy (GSiP) Colloquium

November 14th - 2:00PM-5:30PM - Philosophy Talk - Dr. Tom Sparrow (Slippery Rock University)

November 20th - 6:00PM-8:00PM - Lecture - Dr. Dylan Trigg (University College Dublin)

December 5th - 2:00PM-5:30PM - Philosophy Talk - Dr. Paul S. Loeb (University of Puget Sound)

March 30th and 31st - 9:00AM-5:00PM - 33rd Annual Symposium - Phenomenology and the Disaster (Africa Room, Student Union)



Center web pages maintained by Angelle Pryor, Phenomenology Librarian