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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, nursing, psychology, theology and communication
  • four alcoves including the entire personal libraries of Erwin Straus, Stephan Strasser, Aron Gurwitsch and Amedeo Giorgi as well as books from 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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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:

  • Music and Phenomenology
  • Phenomenolgy and Its Critics
  • Merleau-Ponty into the Future
  • Phenomenology and the African & Africana Worlds
  • Experiencing Disaster
  • Contemplation and Beyond: Phenomenology, Neuroscience and the Spiritual

Please click this link for video access to past symposia

Upcoming Events

September 30th - 2:30PM-5:30PM - Philosophy Speaker Series - Dr. Giussepina Mecchia (University of Pittsburgh)

October 21st - 2:30PM-5:30PM - Philosophy Speaker Series - Dr. Andrew Cole (Princeton University)

October 26th - 8:00PM-10:00PM - Haunted Duquesne - Thomas White (Duquesne University Archivist)

November 2nd - Time TBA - Philosophy Speaker Series - Dr. Ann Cahill (Elon University)

November 4th - 2:30PM-5:30PM - Lecture - Dr. Michal Piekarski (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw - UKSW)

November 17th and 18th - Simon Silverman 35th Annual Phenomenology Symposium - Dr. Simon Critchley (New School for Social Research)

December 2nd - 2:30PM-5:30PM - Philosophy Speaker Series - Dr. Kelly Arenson (Duquesne University)